Plants are more popular than ever and are an all-year round favourite for brightening up the home. From hanging ivy to potted succulents, plants have lots of proven benefits like reducing stress and purifying the air around you.
As the festive season arrives, plants make wonderful gifts, or you might just want to treat yourself. Why not use one as a cheerful decoration for your home office or liven up your winter garden?
To give you some inspiration, MemoryFoamPillows.co.uk analysed over 2.3 million hashtags to find the most-loved Christmas plants on Instagram.
Find out the nine festive favourites here, plus benefits and care tips for keeping a Christmas plant. We also compared 45 plants for sale to see how much each one costs. With prices starting around £11, these plants will make perfect gifts for Christmas.
1. Christmas wreaths - 651,242 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £25
Christmas wreaths prove to be most popular on Instagram with 651,242 hashtags. This classic festive favourite makes a wonderful decoration for your front door and lasts for up to five weeks. Make your own with traditional ivy and holly, or why not customise your wreath with a loved one’s favourite foliage and flowers for a personalised present? Alternatively, you can buy a fresh Christmas wreath for around £25.
2. Mistletoe - 529,824 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £22
Mistletoe is the second favourite Christmas plant on Instagram with 529,824 hashtags. This festive plant takes a few years to grow, so consider buying fresh sprigs or a small potted mistletoe for about £22. After it’s been harvested, mistletoe will last for up to three weeks, so it’s best used for festive decoration – and you might just receive a kiss or two!
3. Amaryllis - 517,489 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £15
Amaryllis takes the third spot in Instagram’s favourite festive plants with 517,489 hashtags. Colourful, easy to care for and blooms in time for Christmas day, this houseplant makes the perfect present. Amaryllis can also rebloom if you save the bulbs until next year. You can buy the bulbs for approximately £15 online.
4. Poinsettia – 338,382 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £19
A traditional choice, the poinsettia is another festive favourite with 338,382 Instagram hashtags. With bright red bracts and green leaves, poinsettias are also star-shaped, giving that ultimate Christmas feel. The eye-catching colours really stand out in December, plus they bloom year after year, making poinsettias perfect for decoration or as gifts. Find a poinsettia online for around £19.
5. Christmas cactus - 142,628 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £16
Cacti have been one of the biggest houseplant trends in recent years, so it’s no surprise that we love the festive version, too. Stay on trend with a low-maintenance Christmas cactus, the perfect addition to your home office in the winter months. With 142,628 Instagram hashtags, this popular plant flowers between November and January, so they’re ideal for decoration or as a gift. You can buy a Christmas cactus for around £16 online.
6. Christmas rose - 63,299 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £16
The Christmas rose, also known as Hellebores niger, is another popular plant with 63,299 Instagram hashtags. Their large, snowy-white flowers bloom year after year, thriving in the middle of winter, so are ideal for adding a festive touch to the garden. You can buy Christmas roses for around £16, making them a great gift for your green-thumbed loved ones.
7. Real Christmas tree - 52,280 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £51
We couldn’t have Christmas without a tree! Many of us are putting our decorations up already this year to bring some early festive cheer. With 52,280 hashtags on Instagram, a real Christmas tree is a popular choice. According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), we buy seven million trees each year, with the Nordmann Fir as our favourite. Choose an environmentally-friendly real Christmas tree and order online for approximately £51.
8. Paperwhites - 33,264 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £11
Known for their beautiful scent, paperwhites make a wonderful gift for a loved one, as they’re easy to care for and flower at Christmas. With 33,264 Instagram hashtags, these pretty plants can also be used for freshening up any room in your home during winter. Find ready-made arrangements online or you can grow the bulbs yourself for around £11.
9. Holly berry - 25,466 Instagram hashtags
Average price: £32
A Christmas classic, holly berries are a timeless and elegant decoration loved by many, with 25,466 Instagram hashtags. Whether you hang holly across your front door or use fresh sprigs as your dinner table’s centrepiece, this colourful plant instantly makes you feel festive. Decorate with holly berries or choose a mini potted tree for the garden for about £32 – you could even give one as a thoughtful gift.
All data collected in November 2020.
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