Poinsettias for the Holidays
When you do your Christmas decorating and giving donвЂ™t forget the Poinsettia. TodayвЂ™s poinsettias come in many colors ranging from the traditional reds, whites and pinks to multi-colors, gold, purple and burgundy. You may find blues, sparkles and polka dots this year also as growers expand their creativity through the use of floral paints.
The colorful bracts come in many shapes and sizes. One of my favorites is вЂ?Winter RoseвЂ™ which looks markedly like a rose unfurling. Then thereвЂ™s вЂ?Strawberries and CreamвЂќ whose unique cream and dark pink bracts are oak leaf shaped.
Poinsettias require about 6 hours of bright light each day. Water when soil becomes dry to the touch but avoid letting the pots sit in standing water. Fertilize it with a balanced fertilizer after the blooming season and keep it away from excessive drafts. And donвЂ™t worry about the poinsettia being poisonous. That is a misconception according to the Paul Ecke Ranch, who propagate and develop poinsettia varieties.
If you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area November 30, December 1 or 2 stop by the Monroe Technology Center where I teach horticulture and you can purchase a plant or get more info on poinsettias. And if you have any questions about your poinsettia feel free to contact me, Deborah Chaves at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly try to help.
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