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.
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!
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.
- 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.
- If possible, check your poinsettia’s compost before buying. It should be neither dripping wet nor totally dry.
- Dense foliage and yellow-green budding flowers in-between the coloured bracts are a sure sign of quality.
- Protect your poinsettia from the wind and cold and transport it quickly to its warm new home.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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