Poinsettia is a plant generally affiliated with the Christmas season. This plant will add colorful bracts brightening your decorations.

The color spectrum of poinsettia is truly remarkable. Colors range from red to white to even maroon. There are bicolored, speckled and marbled poinsettias.

While buying the poinsettias it is better to be well aware of the wide variety available. Take your time to select the very best. Poinsettias are fragile plants, and the stems can break quite easily from mishandling.

Growers and florists have been using poinsettias in combination containers in recent years. Poinsettia combination containers sometimes feature contrasting colors, such as snow white chrysanthemum with the traditional red poinsettia.

Here are some of the very useful care tips to help keep your poinsettia looking good long after the Christmas holidays.

Poinsettias need at least six hours of indirect sunlight daily and comfortable room temperatures. When grown in the greenhouse, temperatures are about 72 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. The closer you can provide to these same temperatures, the longer your poinsettia will last.

Don’t let the leaves or bracts touch the window glass. Outside temperatures are readily transferred through the glass, and the cold can damage the plant. A poinsettia might look great by the front door when guests arrive, but it will perform better if it is shielded from the sudden temperature changes caused by open doors.

While poinsettias like cool temperatures, those below 50 degrees will harm the foliage and colorful bracts. So on the way home after purchasing your plants, be sure to have the new poinsettias carefully covered, taking care not to break any branches and stems.

Never overwater poinsettias as they are sensitive to wet feet, and root rot will set in very quickly. The potting mix should feel dry to the touch before watering, and be sure the decorative sleeve has drainage holes.

If you are sensitive to the milky, latex sap in the poinsettia you could develop a skin rash. To avoid this problem, always wash your hands after handling your poinsettia.

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