The symbol of Christmas

If the bright red berries of holly and the evergreen foliage of ivy are the symbols of Christmas outdoors, then the poinsettia with its large brightly coloured bracts, (modified leaves) is surely the symbol of Christmas indoors. The poinsettia of today is a far cry from it’s forbears. Compact and rounded in habit with an amazingly varied range of colours, the past 25 years has seen a huge increase in the popularity of poinsettias. Often, mistakenly, regarded as difficult to look after, poinsettias provide several months of colour if a few simple rules are followed.

TEMPERATURE: Maintain a temperature of 15-21C during daylight hours. If   possible, move the poinsettia to a cooler place at night. Because root disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 15C, do not put the poinsettia in a room colder than this. Avoid exposing the plant to hot or cold draughts, which may cause premature leaf drop. 

Generally speaking, if you are comfortable, so is your poinsettia!

WATERING: Examine the compost daily, and when surface is dry to the touch, water thoroughly. Do not leave the plant standing in water. Overly wet compost lacks sufficient air, which results in root damage and possible death. A wilted plant may drop its leaves prematurely, so check compost frequently and water immediately if the leaves begin to wilt. Plants exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering.

LIGHT: Place the poinsettia near a sunny window where it will have the most available sunlight. A window facing south, east or west is better than one facing north. Do not let any part of the plant touch the cold windowpane as this may damage it.


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