Poinsettias for the Christmas table

Poinsettias for the Christmas table

Poinsettias for the Christmas table

Christmas charm is what these amazing Poinsettias hold .

Poinsettias are the most popular of the holiday plants.   They are native to southern Mexico and Central America.

Poinsettias, at times, can reach a height of sixteen feet.

Poinsettias are also known by other names such as Christmas Flower, Lobster Flower , and Mexican Flame Leaf.

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are popular potted plants,  particularly during the Christmas season.  Brightly colored and mostly red,   a Poinsettia provides effective colour in home décor during and after the holiday season.   The newer Poinsettia cultivars are long-lasting in contrast to the cultivars that were available a few years ago.

The bright petals of Poinsettias,  which look like flowers,  are actually the bunch of upper leaves of the plant,  called bracts.   Poinsettia flowers are small,  green or yellow and grow inconspicuously in the center of each leaf bunch.

In colder climates,  Poinsettias are grown as indoor plants.   As indoor plants,  Poinsettias need exposure to the morning sun and shade during the hotter part of the day.   Poinsettias are one the most difficult to re flower after the initial display when purchased.   Poinsettias need a period of uninterrupted long,  light-free nights for about two months in early spring in order to develop flowers.

Poinsettia Plant Care 
Keep your Poinsettia plant near a sunny window where it will have the most available sunlight.  Sunlight should be available for the Poinsettia for at least five hours a day.  A window that faces south, east or west is the best location to place your Poinsettia.
Take precaution that no such part of the plant touches a cold windowpane which may injure it.

Do not let the soil in the Poinsettia pot dry out.   Water the plant freely until the water runs out of the pot should the soil feel dry to the touch.

Poinsettias exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering.

Maintain the temperature of the location at 65 to 70 degrees F. during the daylight hours for Poinsettias to maintain its blooming in a good stead.

Move Poinsettias to a cooler place at night as root rot disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 60 degrees F.   Do not put the poinsettia in a room colder than this.

Poinsettias form flower buds when the days are shorter than 12 hours.

The poinsettia’s main attraction is not its flowers,  but its leaves.    The flowers of the plant are the yellow clustered buds in the center (called “cyathia”).    The colored leafy parts are actually bracts or modified leaves, that turn color in response to the plant forming flowers.    When buying a Poinsettia,   make sure it has the buds, preferably not yet open.

Red is the most popular colour,   accounting for roughly three-quarters of all sales nationwide,  followed by white and pink.   The more than 100 varieties of poinsettias come in a range of colours from red,  salmon,  and apricot to yellow, cream, and white.   There are also unusual speckled or marbled varieties with several colors blended together. New varieties are introduced yearly.

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Poinsettias for the Christmas table

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