LEARN HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR POINSETTIA

LEARN HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR POINSETTIA

No Christmas season would be complete without a poinsettia, but they are not the easiest plants to keep happy. The first problem is how to move them from the store to your house without exposing the plant to a damaging chill. Once installed at home you need to keep the room at the correct temperature. Ron Wolford from the University of Illinois has some great tips to help you keep your poinsettia thriving throughout the holiday.

Poinsettias decorate many homes during the holiday season, said Ron Wolford, U of I Extension horticulture educator.
?There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today,? said Wolford. ?Poinsettias come in a myriad of colors like red, white, pink, burgundy, marbled and speckled.
Keeping your poinsettias healthy during the holiday season can be a challenge considering the dry indoor environments in many homes. The following are a few tips to help you keep your poinsettia alive.?
Purchase a poinsettia with fully colored bracts (modified leaves) and tightly closed flower buds. The plant will start to decline after the flower buds have fully opened.
After you have purchased your poinsettia, make sure it is wrapped completely, because exposure to cold temps below 50 degrees in just the short walk to your car can damage the bracts and leaves.

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