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Poinsettia Care and Myths

How to care for a poinsettia and untrue Myths about the plant

The poinsettia is a tropical plant that blooms during the winter months. It requires specialized care to help emulate its natural habitat. Poinsettias are also the victim of numerous rumors depicting them as poisonous plants. However, they are not toxic and can be safely consumed by both humans and animals. Poinsettias are commonly used as ornamental plants during winter holiday's, and require patience and dedication to keep happy and healthy.

Environment

  • Keep poinsettias in an area that receives between six and eight hours of direct sunlight every day. A moderate temperature is required to keep the plant healthy. The temperature should be between 65 and 70 degrees F for best results. If temperatures dip below 50 degrees F, poinsettias can sustain considerable damage. Do not expose your poinsettias to frost, which will kill them quickly. During the summer, poinsettias can be kept outside, as long as the temperature does not exceed 90 degrees F.

Watering

  • Never allow the soil to dry completely around a poinsettia. It should be moist to the touch, but not too damp. Water the poinsettia until the water begins to seep from the holes in the bottom of the pot. Drain any excess water immediately, as poinsettias are highly susceptible to root rot.

     

    For any other questions or care tips it is alway's best to consult your local florist.



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