Seasonal houseplants can add color and warm your spirit during winter months.

It's starting to be that time of year once again, where old man winter starts to show his frigid face. Here at Oakland Nursery, we have the perfect solution to warm your spirit-seasonal favorites! Adding houseplants to your décor is a must.

Come view our selection of amaryllis, Christmas cactus and many other interesting plants that purify the air and brighten your day during these grey winter months. Adding live plants to your environment is proven to help with depression caused by the gloomy conditions that winter brings. These plants will help keep a smile on your face long after the Christmas tree comes down for the year. One of our personal favorites is the Christmas cactus, with vibrant blooms of yellow, pink, purple and white, it's hard to decide which beautiful specimen to add to your growing collection.

Christmas cacti are a spectacular group of holiday houseplants that are desired by many. It may seem intimidating to care for such a beautiful tropical plant. However,

care for this plant is easier than you would think. Enjoy eye-captivating colors such as shades of pink, red, purple, yellow and white during the winter season.

After your Christmas cactus is home, it is important to find the right location for your plant to grow. Unlike most cactus which need bright direct lighting, this particular plant prefers to stay out of the spot light you might say. The Christmas cactus grows best in dappled lighting, away from direct sunlight, which can stunt growth and burn the leaves of the plant. This plant does not like heavy drafts, heat vents, fireplaces or other sources of hot air. Your plant will grow best in temperatures ranging from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit which are easily maintained in normal housing conditions. Unlike true cacti, this variety cannot tolerate completely dry soil. The soil should be evenly moist but not soggy for best growth. Actively growing plants should be given a general purpose water-soluble fertilizer two to four times a year. It is recommended that you stop fertilizing by October right before your cactus should start to bud. Repot your plant every two to three years in early spring to keep your plant healthy and happy.