Will you be decking the halls this holiday season? Don’t forget the poinsettia.
Often referred to as the ‘Christmas Plant,’ it was brought to the United States from Mexico by America’s first ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, in 1825.
Today, with the multitude of colors, sizes and shapes available, poinsettias offer an abundance of holiday cheer for every décor.
Wondering how you can keep your plant looking beautiful throughout the holiday season?
First, keep the temperature in mind. When you walk out of the store with your poinsettia, remember the plant needs protection from the weather, especially if the temperature is freezing. If the poinsettia is chilled below 50°F it may begin to drop the leaves.
Once you arrive at your destination, immediately unwrap the poinsettia. Keeping the plant in the paper sleeve for more than 24 hours will cause the leaves to droop and may turn them yellow before the season is over.
Place the plant in an area with bright natural light. If it’s in a sunny location, make sure the plant never dries out by keeping the soil evenly moist. Additionally, be sure to empty any water that drains into the container under your plant. If you let the plant sit in this water, the leaves will yellow and drop.
Make sure not to place the plant in areas that are exposed to drafts, heat from appliances, radiators, ventilation ducts, or heavy traffic.
And, though absolutely not poisonous, the plant should be placed away from small children and animals. Ingestion of the plant could cause discomfort if eaten.
Are you ready to shop for your poinsettia? Look no further than Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery. Remember: Nobody grows it better.
Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center : 5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave (Rte 176), Crystal Lake, IL : 815.459.8130 : www.countrysideflowershop.com