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How To Look After Your Christmas Poinsettia

Poinsettia’s can be a tricky flower to look after however with these quick and simple tips they should last well after the Christmas period.

Poinsettia flowers

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Did you know an estimated 8 million poinsettia’s will be sold across the UK over the festive period and (after the Phalaenopsis orchid), will make this the second most popular houseplant!

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With a range of beautiful colours including red, elegant whites, a glorious array of pinks it’s no wonder why we love them so much. Below Stars for Europe share with us some top tips to keeping your Poinsettia healthy.

  1. Buy your poinsettia from a garden centre or reputable store. Do not buy from outside shops or stalls as lower temperatures on display will reduce the shelf life of the plant.
  2.  If possible, check your poinsettia’s compost before buying. It should be neither dripping wet nor totally dry.
  3. Dense foliage and yellow-green budding flowers in-between the coloured bracts are a sure sign of quality.
  4. Protect your poinsettia from the wind and cold and transport it quickly to its warm new home.
  5. Keep it in a bright, warm spot (around 20° C). It can be close to a radiator, but not in direct sunlight or near draughts – so keep away from open doors, windows and fireplaces.
  6. Be careful not to overwater it by leaving a pool of water in the bottom of the pot it’s sitting in. Water only when the compost is starting to change colour and become lighter.
  7. To use poinsettias as fresh flowers in a vase, cut the bracts, dip the cut end in warm (60 degrees) water for five seconds, then immediately in cold water, and you’re ready to arrange.

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