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January 12, 2022 4 min read
Every holiday season, we see a variety of plants decorating our homes: evergreens, ferns, orchids, and perhaps most notable of all, Poinsettias. The bright red flower-like leaves contrasted with deep green foliage make Poinsettias not only beautiful but also an unforgettable holiday decoration. Read on to learn more about Poinsettia care and how to add an unmissable decoration to your home this holiday season.Although that beautiful, bright red is the shade most commonly associated with Poinsettias, there are also varieties displaying white, red, pink, variegated, and burgundy leaves. Every December, you can expect any florist or garden center to be flush with Poinsettias waiting to be taken home. In order to make sure you are picking the best from the lot, check on the plant’s flowers. There should be small buds where the stem and leaves meet, but if you see yellow flowers instead, this isn’t the one for you. The presence of buds means the plant has not bloomed yet and therefore its prime has yet to happen (and you want to have it displayed in your home when the prime does come). Full flowers instead of buds indicate this plant is on its way out and may not last you long through the holiday season. Once you choose your Poinsettia and bring it home, your plant will need a bit of TLC throughout the months. Make sure to place your potted Poinsettias in line of indirect light for roughly 6 hours each day to help aid their continued growth. Indirect light is best obtained by placing your plants near a north-facing or east-facing window or under a grow light. With proper care, your Poinsettia can live for months into the new year! If you want your Poinsettia to bloom next year, it should be in at least 14 hours of darkness each night for 6-10 weeks to encourage another bloom. Considering checking out our small LED grow lights; it can be adjusted to provide indirect light and comes with a timer to help keep track of light and dark hours! As far as other care, these plants need to be watered only when the soil has gone dry. Overwatering will cause these plants to turn yellow, so err on the side of withholding water if you are unsure, and make sure that your pot has drainage holes to avoid waterlogging. Because Poinsettias do prefer humidity and our homes tend to get dry in the winter, mist your plant regularly to maintain its general moisture. Keep your plant at room temperature and away from any draughts. Do not fertilize these flowers while they are in bloom, but once they have surpassed their peak they can be fertilized once per week to elongate their lifecycle.
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