Poinsettias seem to be the official flower of the holiday season. With a minimal amount of care, poinsettia blooms will last for several weeks, maybe even longer. Place your poinsettia plant in indirect sunlight, away from drafts or heating vents in your home, and water when soil is dry to the touch. Fertilize after the blooming season with a balanced all-purpose fertilizer. Plants can be moved outside after all chance of frost has passed. Getting a plant to re-bloom outside of a controlled environment can be difficult, requiring 14 hours of complete darkness each day for 14 weeks with a constant temperature, but growing an attractive plant in the yard is possible with a minimal amount of care and protection from freezing as with any other tropical.
For years this colorful traditional Christmas plant has taken a bad rap, the one of being poisonous. In fact, the POISINDEX Information Service, the primary information resource used by most poison control centers, states that a 50-pound child would have to ingest over 500 poinsettia bracts to surpass experimental doses. Yet even at this high level, no toxicity was demonstrated.
Don’t forget, poinsettias grow well here in the ground after Christmas. Just don’t let them freeze! Come see us at the nursery. We have lots of poinsettias to choose from!