Poinsettia Plants

Poinsettia plants

This Christmas, make a point of stopping in our greenhouse to see our different varieties of Poinsettias.

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 of 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 colours on the leaf and the leaf itself is ruffled.) If you are looking for a variety of Poinsettias then we have you covered with the latest cultivars.

Tip: Proper care of your Christmas poinsettia includes lots of light and monitoring of its' moisture. Water the plant thoroughly when the soil surface is dry to the touch. 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. The bright colour of the bracts will remain longer if temperatures do not exceed 22°C.

Poinsettias hate the cold so keep them away from hot or cold drafts, open doors or windows. You can enjoy your poinsettia all year long with a little love and attention.

Other things to consider with your poinsettia are:

Place in a room where there is bright natural light but not where the sun will shine directly on it.

• Put the plant out of the reach of unmonitored children and pets.

• Set the plant in a water-proof container to protect your furniture. Generally, they come in a pot cover, but be aware these are not always foolproof when it comes to holding water.

• With proper care, your poinsettia will last through the holiday season and right into late winter.

Certainly your poinsettia will thrive as long as it's cared for however, re-flowering your poinsettia is a little trickier than just regular care. If you want to try your hand at re-flowering your poinsettia next year keep the same watering regiment and water as needed when dry to touch. In about April the colour will fade, but keep it near a sunny window and fertilize with 20-20-20 as new growth begins. Cut back stems to about 20 cm. In June re-pot if necessary. You can certainly move your poinsettia outside to a shady area if you wish, but make sure temps stay above 10°C otherwise, it won't survive, again they do not like the cold at all. This is where it gets a bit tricky. In late August prune the stems back again leaving three to four leaves per shoot. For your poinsettia to bloom again it needs a strict light schedule from about the last week of September until the beginning of December. Its light schedule must be 9 hours of light and 15 hours of complete darkness.

Following this regiment, you can enjoy your poinsettia for several years.

Poinsettia Plants
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