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Poinsettia Care: Do & Don'ts

  • DO select plants with green foliage all the way down to the soil.

  • DO select plants with strong stems and no signs of wilting or breaking.

  • DO look for plants that have small yellow buttons in the center of the colored leaves. These buttons will develop into tiny yellow flowers.

  • DO be wary of plants displayed in protective sleeves or that are too closely crowded in a display. The longer a plant remains sleeved, the greater the chances the plant will deteriorate. 

  • DO protect your plant with a paper sleeve or shopping bag when transporting it. Protect it from chilling winds and temps below 50 degrees. 

  • DO place your plant in indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day--avoid direct sunlight.

  • DO provide room temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees, if you're comfortable, your poinsettia probably is too.

  • DO water your plant when the soil feels dry to the touch. 

  • DON'T place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat sources such as hot air ducts, fireplaces or appliances.

  • DON'T over-water your plant or allow it to sit in standing water. Water thoroughly, but allow the water to drain from the pot completely. 

  • DON'T expose your plant to chilling winds when transporting it.

  • DON'T fertilize your plant while it is in bloom. 

If you want to know more about the history if this beautiful plant, check out this article on the Community, Tradition...The Poinsettia

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Posted 2018-12-13T14:08:41+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI Angelo_HD_CHI