With proper care, popular holiday plants can be kept alive long after the season. Here are some care tips for common seasonal favorites:
Amaryllis: Keep in bright light, let dry out between waterings, fertilize, do not water the bulb, and remove spent flower stalks.
Cyclamen: Keep in bright, indirect light, keep moist, and fertilize. Kept moist, these will continue to live all year, flowering each winter.
Poinsettias: These can be kept in any kind of light, but let them dry out between waterings. Remove all bad leaves in and around the plant and on top of the soil. (Note: these steps will give you a healthy, green poinsettia. The procedure for "reblooming" or growing the bracts red next holiday season are more complex. Learn more about that process here.)
Narcissus & other bulbs: Kept in bright light, in dirt or water, most bulbs will keep their foliage and make interesting "houseplants" well into spring. Once the blooms and foliage are spent, they can be planted outdoors, where they may appear again next season. Some can be stored in a cool, dry place then forced again the following year.