Classic Red Poinsettia
Poinsettia, a member of the Spurge family of plants is a commercially important genus of plants in floriculture. Cultivated by the Aztecs and other Central American natives for its use in traditional medicine, the spectacular leaf forms of this plant have made it a favourite purchase during the holiday season. The coloured leaves, commonly misunderstood as flowers are nature’s little trick for the plant to call the attention of pollinating insects to its tiny yellow flowers cradled within.
Adopting and Caring
Adopting: It’s easy to fall in love with a vividly coloured classic Poinsettia hybrid. At eplants, we pick out display-ready plants with rich colours, compact shape and well-formed leaves
Locating: Poinsettia will thrive in medium to bright light, though they are also known to tolerate artificially lit indoor conditions. While most people look at a Poinsettia as a single season plant, by managing its light and feeding needs through the year, a Poinsettia can bring joy to a garden, year after year.
Watering: Overwatering is the chief cause of disease or loss of plant life. While a Poinsettia needs regular watering, do ensure that you don’t overwater them
Fertilising: If you have picked up a Poinsettia? around the winter holiday season, you won?t need to do anymore fertilising until the season is over
Reviving: Maintaining a Poinsettia is simple. When a Poinsettia is fading, it starts to drop its leaves. Clear out the fallen leaves and prune the plant to get it to a more compact form. Move it to a bright corner of your home and water it only when the topsoil goes dry. As new leaves start to sprout, give the plant some organic liquid fertiliser as recommended on the pack. Repot the plant in early August and wait a few weeks for the plant to revive. Once new shoots appear, move the plant to a sunny spot and give it a few more rounds of organic fertiliser feeds every other week, so as to ready the plant for the upcoming blooming season
In the early 20th Century Poinsettia received bad press as many people thought that the plant was poisonous to humans and animals. This has proven to be false, with scientific studies showing that there is little or no harm that the plant can really cause
Did you know
To induce early flowering in a Poinsettia, growers in Europe keep the plant in controlled pitch darkness for many hours.