Indoor poinsettia

 

Today there are many hues from reds and pinks, creams and whites and even some yellows.

 

Poinsettias have for a long time been a Christmas tradition, but the poinsettia has evolved way beyond the simple red leafed plant we have come to know. Today there are many hues from reds and pinks, creams and whites and even some yellows. The bracts too have been evolving as well, some varieties even boasting variegated and zygomorphic foliage. (That means they have two colors on the leaf and the leaf itself is ruffled.)

 

Proper care of your Christmas poinsettia includes lots of light and monitoring of its' moisture. If the soil dries out or water collects in the plastic pot your plant will suffer. It is crucial to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Always discard any excess water that collects in decorative pot covers. You can enjoy your poinsettia all year long with a little attention.

 

Remember, poinsettias are not poisonous. The sap can be irritating to the eyes, but they are not toxic. There is no need to be concerned about children or pets. So enjoy! What would Christmas be like without them?

 

 

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