What You Should Do With Leftover Holiday Plants

As soon as Christmas and New Years are over stores, malls, office complexes and hotels are ready to have their holiday displays removed and replaced with a more springtime or Valentine’s Day theme. Many times the plants used in these displays still have life left in them.

It is also common to order extra stock in case anything should happen to your clients pieces or to be prepared for a last minute request. What do you do with these unused or slightly used plants? Should you just throw them out?

Here are few suggestions for what to do with leftover holiday plants:


PoinsettiasIf there is life left in the plants, there are plenty of places that would enjoy holiday cheer even if its after the holidays. Consider bringing the plants to a nursing home or long term care facility. Many of these places may not be able to afford live plants and the residents would welcome the chance to enjoy and take care of a poinsettia.

You could also donate them to a classroom. Science teachers would love to have a chance to help kids learn what they need to do to care for a plant. They could use the plants to teach kids the science behind them. Poinsettias would be especially fun when discussing chlorophyl and varying leaf colors. They would also be fun to explore under a microscope.

If you have plastic containers that the poinsettias or other holiday plants were potted in, you can donate these as well. Many high schools have greenhouses. Often clubs such as 4-H or FFA or classes will plant and raise seedlings. Plastic containers can be very expensive so any time they are donated it is very appreciated.

Don’t be afraid to publicize your donations. Make it simple, such as a picture on Facebook or your website. Clients and potential clients will be pleased to know that the interior landscape business they are supporting is caring for their community and avoiding waste.


Because they are native to the temperate regions of Mexico poinsettias can thrive outdoors in USDA zones that are frost free.  When they are well taken care of poinsettias can grow into large healthy bushes. You will have to pinch back the branches to encourage new growth and keep the plant bushy and healthy. The bracts will change color in the fall but only when they have been exposed to nights that have periods of darkness for 14 hours or more.


If you have trees or other evergreens that are still in good shape you can recycle them to use in outdoor containers. Cut off healthy branches or tops to use in large outdoor containers. Combine them with colorful twigs to create a winter arrangement.

There are plenty of ways to put your holiday displays to work again after the holidays. As an interior landscaper you will benefit from donating and reusing your holiday plants because you can make connections in your community and demonstrate your thoughtfulness to current and prospective clients.


What do you do with your holiday display plants once the holidays ave come and gone?


“How to grow and re-bloom poinsettias.” Mother Nature Network.
Poinsettias image by Leonora Enking via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5278308141/
Featured image by Charles Tilford via https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlestilford/3237299219/

Melanie is a plant enthusiast and expert contributor at Bromeliads.info and OrchidPlantCare.info. Melanie's experience in internet marketing, business management, and horticulture allows her to bring a unique perspective to the community. Melanie received a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and is the Marketing Director at NewPro Containers.

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