Taking Care of Your Poinsettia

If you haven't noticed, just about every year the poinsettias (or do you call them ponseta or ponsettia) get more and more beautiful every year. It seems the reds are redder, and the greens are greener. Horticulture research has been doing a great job of improving the quality of poinsettias year after year.

After we get through with this Christmas flower during the holidays, most of us have its quality diminish to the point that all that is left on the plant is red leaves. Poinsettia plants seem to be getting bigger and bigger everywhere, but realize that in most cases, it's not that the poinsettia is bigger, but there are more individual poinsettia plants in each pot.

Here are a few tips to keep your Christmas Poinsettia looking great until spring when you can set it outside. First, be very careful in bringing the plant home due to outside cold temperatures. Keep some type of cover over them to protect them from cold winds and harsh temperatures.

Second, be very careful when you water your poinsettia, especially if it has one of those nice colorful plastic wraps around the pot. You can drown the plant very easily if water collects in the bottom of that wrap. It's best to lift it out of the wrap, water it, and then let the water drain before replacing the wrap.

Keep in mind that when you take a poinsettia home, you are changing its environment -- so expect some type of plant shock that could easily result in some premature leaf drop. Just make sure you keep the poinsettia away from cold drafts, like your front door, and especially don't place it too close to windows.

Treat your poinsettia like any other house plant and you'll do fine.


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