Who loves the fresh, woody smell of a Christmas tree?

Every year, approximately 8 – 10 million real Christmas Trees are sold in the UK. For many families, the delicious scent of pine, spruce, and fir is a must-have during the festive season!

But come January 1st that once bright and merry tree will start to look a little…well…dry and droopy.

Luckily, N1 & W6 Garden Centre  is here to help!

If you are ready to officially say “goodbye” to your tree (but still want some luscious greenery in the home) our plant experts have curated a list of the 8 houseplants to replace a Christmas tree.  

Big and Beautiful Indoor Plants

Whether you prefer shopping online or browsing in person, N1 & W6 Garden Centre has a wide selection to choose from.

In fact, we have been supplying urban gardeners with quality outdoor and indoor plants, many from specialist growers and many hard-to-find indoor varieties for 24 years.

Looking for the perfect Christmas tree replacement?

Here are our top picks:

  1. Strelitzia nicolai

First is the Giant White Bird of Paradise, scientifically referred to as Strelitzia Nicolai. Unlike Christmas trees that have sharp needles, this fast-growing indoor houseplant boasts big, flat, glossy leaves which do well in bright, sunny spots.

  1. Philodendron ‘Red Beauty’

Red and green are traditional holiday colours. So, if you love a Christmas palette – but no longer have a Christmas tree – why not consider the Philodendron ‘Red Beauty’? The stems of this plant are reddish purple. When paired with dark green leaves, this creates a stunning contrast.

Even better?

Philodendron ‘Red Beauty’ is an air-purifying houseplant.

Place it inside an decorative pot for a lovely pop of colour. If red is not your thing, we have over 15 varieties of Philodendron to choose from! 

  1. Monstera deliciosa

Also known as the “Swiss cheese plant,” this is the ultimate choice if you love jungle décor. Native to rainforests of Central America, this plant shoots out gigantic, deep green leaves with naturally occurring holes, or “fenestrations.”

Since Monstera deliciosa can grow 10 to 15 feet tall indoors, it’s a great size to fill up empty space in a room.

Interested in collecting rare plants? Try a white Monstera Albo Variegata.

 4. Ficus lyrata

Next is the classic fiddle-leaf fig.

Ficus lyrata is a tall tree like species. Although Ficus lyrata are a wee bit fussier to care for (dusting the leaves is a must!) this impressive giant is worth the effort.   A bright warm position and frequent watering is a must!

  1. Ficus elastica

Another 70’s throwback the Ficus elastica, AKA a Rubber plant. As the name implies, this houseplant has thick, very glossy, oval-shaped leaves. A easy plant that does well with the minimal of care.

Due to a trunk that grows straight and up, it is ideal for apartment dwellers.

 6.Kentia palm

Low maintenance, trouble-free, elegant and regal…that’s the Kentia palm!

Originally from the Lord Howe Island, these tropical houseplants have delightfully wispy leaf fronds. They also tolerate neglect. If you are guilt of occasionally forgetting to water, the Kentia palm is robust enough to survive the odd drought, hence its popularity in restaurants and hotels.

Bonus: it’s non-toxic to cats and dogs!

For pets who get into mischief around a Christmas tree, this makes an excellent replacement.

 7. Chamaedorea seifrizii

 Seventh on our list of beautiful houseplants to bring happiness and cheer all year long is Chamaedorea or bamboo palm.  It produces about ten or fifteen feathery, dark green fronds per cane. Stems are thick and covered with tan fiber that looks like bamboo. 

It makes a perky addition to bedrooms and bathrooms.

  1. Dypsis lutescens (Areca palm)

Lastly, we have the Areca palm.

Stalks similar to bamboo add height to this lovely houseplant, which can grow roughly 6 – 10 feet indoors. When given bright, indirect light, moist soil, and humidity, it will reward you with dozens of tiny, bushy, neon green leaves. 

Goodbye Christmas Tree, Hello Houseplant

There you have it.

N1 & W6 Garden Centre’s list of the top 8 houseplants to replace your Christmas tree, there are also hundreds of other plants for smaller spaces, plant collectors and novices alike!

Come visit us at the store all your gardening, accessories, pot, and furniture needs.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to see you!