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Poinsettia Care

Poinsettias have very brittle stems that break easily.  Sometimes, because of handling, a branch may break.  When this happens, the broken branch wilts (the rest of the plant is unaffected).  When a branch does wilt, simply reach down into the plant and remove the wilted branch by pinching the stem at the point of breakage.

The plants should be placed in a warm area – minimum low temperature of 60 degrees.  It should be kept away from hot or cold air drafts.

Water for the plant can vary according to the air movement and temperature around the plant.  We estimate that with average conditions, this plant will require water about every 2 to 3 days.  Water the plant thoroughly so the entire pot of earth gets moisture, probably about ½ gallon of water.

It is important that if the plant is in an office over the weekend, it should be checked for water on Friday afternoon and again on Monday morning.

Too much water can also be harmful, causing leaves to drop.  Please make a hole in pot cover for proper drainage.  Two methods can be used to determine when to water the plant.  One is by feeling the soil.  If the soil is dry to the touch, it probably needs water.  The other method is by judging the weight of the plant after it is watered.  Lift the plant to see how heavy it got, and when it needs water it will be much lighter and the soil will be very dry.  Also, if a plant is too dry, the flower petals begin to droop.  

Poinsettia Facts

The assigned botanical name is Euphorbia pulcherrima, meaning “the most beautiful Euphorbia”.  The United States’ first ambassador to Mexico, Joel Robert Poinsett, sent several plants back to his home in Greenville, South Carolina in 1825.  The common name, poinsettia, comes from his last name.

Contrary to belief, the poinsettia is not poisonous.  Research at Ohio State University, working with The Society of American Florists, has proven that no toxicity was evident at experimental levels that would go way beyond the amounts likely to be ingested in the home environment.  However, certain individuals may experience varying levels of discomfort and that plants should be kept out of reach of small children and pets.  Poinsettias have been added to a list of plants known to take pollutants out of the air.

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