Poinsettia

Scientific name : “Euphorbia pulcherrima”

Poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima) remain one of the most popular holiday flowers. The familiar red blooms have been joined by even flashier colors. Actually, they are not flowers but modified leaves called bracts. The bright bracts are designed to attract insects to the tiny yellow flowers in their centers.

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Poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima) remain one of the most popular holiday flowers. The familiar red blooms have been joined by even flashier colors. Actually, they are not flowers but modified leaves called bracts. The bright bracts are designed to attract insects to the tiny yellow flowers in their centers. Hybridizers have expanded the range of colors from the familiar red to pastel yellow and vibrant bi-colors. Because poinsettias have been forced into bloom, they need some extra care to keep them in bloom throughout the holidays. While it may be easier to buy new plants each year, it is possible to get them to rebloom the next season. Besides the traditional red, you will find different colors to enjoy, including cream, yellow, and pink. Note that some fancy colors, such as blue, are produced using dyes and the plant won’t bloom again with the same color of bracts.

Sunlight – Place it near a sunny window for at least six to eight hours a day.

Watering – Water whenever the soil surface feels dry to the touch. Saturate completely until water runs through the drainage holes in the bottom, but do not let the plant sit in water.

Plant Care – To keep the poinsettia in bloom as long as possible, you want to maintain a temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. However, cold drafts, allowing the leaves to touch a cold window, or more importantly, a lack of decent light, can injure the leaves and cause premature leaf drop.

Caution – Poinsettias have had a bad reputation for being extremely poisonous. They certainly are not meant to be eaten by humans, pets, or livestock, and ingesting poinsettias would probably cause some stomach upset.

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