Holiday Poinsettia Care
It is that time of year again! Holiday Season! Have you thought about purchasing a poinsettia but not so sure you can keep it alive? Follow these easy tips on Poinsettia Care:
Poinsettias are tropical plants that are native to Mexico. Despite equating them with cold weather, poinsettia plants are heat loving, tropical indoor plants. Keep them inside at a cozy temperature between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Always transport them in their plastic sleeves in a warm vehicle. Remove the sleeve as soon as possible. If they stay in their sleeve for more than 24 hours they will begin to droop from a gas that they naturally emit. Unfortunately, there is no reversing this damage.
Water your poinsettia once a week or more if the soil feels dry to the touch. They do not like to be water-logged and tend to develop root rot easily from water sitting in foil wrappers. Drain out your poinsettia after watering and before placing back into your cache pot or foil wrapper.
Place your poinsettia near light. Try any direction facing window except for the North. North facing windows receive the least amount of light.
If you accidentally damage the green or red leaves (modified leaves called ‘bract’) you will see a milky sap come out. Allow this to naturally dry. The milky sap will dry clear. This substance is mildly toxic so wash your hands if you touch it.
Poinsettias should last 6-8 weeks during the holidays. To keep them alive year-round, fertilize with a 20-20-20 formula once a month. Do not fertilize them when they are in bloom. Poinsettia blooms are the small flowers found inside the “bract.”