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poinsettia

Common Name: Poinsettia

Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima

Description:Poinsettias are a popular gift and home decoration for the Christmas season. Flower-like bracts as large as 12 inches across grow on these potted plants and may be red, white, pink, yellow, speckled or variegated; these bracts surround the tiny, yellow true flowers.

Origin: Mexico. They were highly sought by the Aztecs during the 1300’s-1400’s. During the 17th century, Franciscan priests noticed the timely red bloom of the plants around the winter holiday time and used poinsettias in the Fiesta Santa Pesebre—a Nativity procession.

Indoor Temperature Range: Ideal temperatures are 67 to 70 degrees during the day and 60 to 62 degrees at night. To prolong color, keep plants out of cold drafts and away from excessive heat.

Indoor Light Requirements: Poinsettias thrive on indirect, natural daylight -- at least six hours a day. Avoid direct sunlight, as this may fade the bract color. If direct sun cannot be avoided, diffuse the light with a shade or sheer curtain.

Water Requirements: Poinsettias require moderately moist soil. Check plants daily and water thoroughly whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Plants in clay pots require more water, while those in plastic pots are easily overwatered. Apply water until it runs out the drainage hole. Do not allow poinsettias to sit in standing water. If the container is wrapped with foil, remove it when watering or make a hole in it for drainage. Discard any collected water in the drainage receptacle.

Season: December

Plant Care: Remove damaged or diseased leaves.



AVAILABILITY:

December availability


SIZES:

10" pans available

 

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