As we enter the mid November weeks, magic is in the air as Christmas begins to wind its way back into the air and the holidays begin to approach rapidly! With Christmas of course comes the wonderful potted Poinsettia, a jeweled messenger of the holidays seen in homes all over the world. Noted here is some tips for care and handling of your Poinsettia potted plant, just in time for you to pick one up for the big month!
Fun Fact: Poinsettias were actually first discovered and coined in Mexico!
- Remember that Poinsettias love sunlight, but are a tropical plant and enjoy only partial and not direct sunlight. If possible, place a shade in between the light and the plant.
- The most common cause of premature death for the Poinsettia, is root rot brought on by over-watering. Don’t starve your plant out, but be careful to make sure you don’t flood it out either! As a general rule, you should allow the soil to dry before you water the plant again.
- Beware of cooler temperatures! Poinsettias like to be warm so keep them that way. Ensure that the leaves or stems are not leaning against a cold window as this can cause them to wilt. If Possible, you want to keep the plant above 16°C(60°F). Consistently lower temperatures will cause the plant to die off prematurely.