Poinsettia Care and Handling Tips

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Poinsettias are the traditional Christmas flower in the United States and in most of the world.  Red Poinsettias naturally share the colors of Christmas and are extremely inviting, allowing them to share the holiday spirit.  Red Poinsettias go well with all holiday decorations in your home or office making it the go-to flower for the holidays.  White and pink are some of the other common Poinsettia colors, but not as popular as the red.  Here are some general Poinsettia care and handling tips you should know.

Important hydration tips you need to know

  • Poinsettias are tricky when it comes to watering and staying hydrated.
  • It is important to water them constantly if the surface soil is dry.  Test the soil hydration daily by sticking your finger into the potted soil, about one inch deep.
  • Be sure to punch holes in foil so water can drain into a saucer. AVOID plants sitting in water (roots will die).
  • Make sure to frequently discard excess water in the saucer.
  • Water from the bottom to avoid getting leaves wet. Wilted plants will tend to drop bracts sooner.
  • Chrysal Aqua Pad is an innovative product made for potted plants to help keep them hydrated and to reduce waste.  Will work great with Poinsettias and their finicky hydration needs.

Keep your temperatures just right!

  • To prolong color, keep in temperatures 60-70F during the day and around 55F at night.
  • Temperatures above or below this might result in shortened bloom life or rotting roots.
  • Place plant away from hot or cold drafts.  If you live in a cold weather location, move Poinsettias away from the windows and doors at night.
  • Display away from windy front door areas.
  • Display in bright, indirect light.

If a Bract breaks

  • Give a fresh cut.  Hydrate in Chrysal Gerb Pill solutions.  Use in arrangements outside of cooler.

Fun Fact

  • National Poinsettia Day is December 12th.  This is because it marks the death of the man the plant is named after.  Poinsettia was given its name after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Ambassador to Mexico appointed by President John Quincy Adams in the 1820’s. He was also an amateur botanist and enjoyed traveling the country in search o interesting plants.  In 1828 he found a beautiful shrub with large red flowers and took cuttings back to his greenhouse in South Carolina.

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