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December 2, 2010

Winter Holiday time is poinsetta time

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For those of you thinking ahead to the holiday season, now might be a good time to get a poinsetta whose bracts and flowers will last several months, perhaps right into February. Poinsettas are native to Mexico and have been cultivated for Christmas flowers since the 16th century. Their bright color comes not from their flowers, but from the bracts around the flowers which are noted for their brilliant red, but can also be green, pink and yellow.

One of the most common questions after Christmas is "How can I care for my poinsettia so that it will bloom again next Christmas?" While this can be done, it's a very fussy, exacting process. When you bring the poinsetta home, you should place it near a sunny window. Poinsettias are tropicals and will appreciate as much direct sunlight as you can provide. Temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees F are good during the day. However, cold drafts or allowing the leaves to touch a cold window ca injure the leaves and cause premature leaf drop. Water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but don't let the plant sit in water.

If you follow these simple guidlines, your poinsetta will last and bring you some cheer all winter long.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at December 2, 2010 5:25 AM
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