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5 plants to replace your Christmas tree when it's gone

Even for the laziest plant-owners.

WE’VE A LITTLE while left to enjoy the Christmas decorations and all the added extras that go along with the festive season. 

We’re talking scented candles everywhere we turn, selection boxes on every flat surface and, of course, the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree.


Yep, it’s the centrepiece of every gaff for more than a month and the ultimate symbol of the party season. 

But when it does come time to take it down, and pack away the decorations, we’re left with a large gaping hole in our homes and a feeling of disappointment that it’s back to normality. 

In a bid to add some much-needed life back into our homes, we’re on the lookout for some non-festive alternatives to take up residence where our Christmas tree once did. 

We’re looking for something large that will really fill the space, something aesthetically-pleasing and, obviously, something seriously low maintenance that even the laziest of plant-owners won’t be able to kill. 

Here are five that have ticked all the right boxes. 


1. Palm plants

palm plant

To care for a palm plant, you need to place it in an area where it can get lots of light. It needs to be watered regularly but also have sufficient drainage in order for it to dry out between watering. 


2. Swiss cheese plant

swiss cheese plant


The swiss cheese plant needs lots of light but do not place it in direct sunlight. It only needs to be watered once a week or whenever the top layer of soil starts to feel dry. 


3. Rubber plant

rubber plant

Not much attention is needed for the rubber plant. It requires a moist environment and a moderate amount of light. 


4. Snake plant

snake plant

Another low-maintenance option that requires minimal watering and not too much light. 


5.  Umbrella plant


The umbrella plant only needs to be watered when the top layer dries out. It also helps to repot the plant every couple of years. 

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