In my part of the world where holly and mistletoe cannot grow, I think ORCHIDS do very well for the Christmas season. Thus, I found a little shop with orchids in white
and different shades of purple
among the reindeer and poinsettias.
These are the moth orchids or Phalaenopsis recommended for beginners as they are the easiest to grow.
I strongly disagree as mine died after the first bloom! Till today, I have not figured out if I had over-watered or under-watered it.
The blooms display their elegance on long arching stems that last for 2 - 4 months .
Again I disagree as mine lasted about a month! The leaves are very succulent, thick and waxy. They look as though they have been polished.
This genus has over 60 species which blooms 2 - 3 times a year but I never got to prove this point as mine had a premature death.
They cost around RM400 (USD96, 56 GBP) per pot. The smaller varieties are just as lovely in vibrant shades.