Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Poinsettia Care

That special time of year is here! Here is information you need to know how to care for your poinsettias.

  1. If you buy your plant from the store, remove the plastic sleeve as soon as you get home and water thoroughly.
  2. Display your plants in a bright location, but avoid direct sunlight which can burn the bracts.
  3. Avoid drafty locations, where either hot or cold air will blow directly on your plant.
  4. The best temperatures for poinsettias are between 65-75 degrees. Do not exposure your plant to temperatures below 50 degrees.
  5. Keep soil moist to the touch, but don’t allow it to become soggy or sit in water.
  6. Remember: Poinsettias are toxic to animals!!!
What if I want to cut my poinsettia and put it into an arrangement?

First singe the ends for 30 seconds over an open flame to prevent the milky-sap from leaking out into your arrangement. This leakage is toxic to other plants and will cause your poinsettia blooms to dehydrate quickly!

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