Envy Lemon Lime 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 has made it a favorite in the Western world, during the holiday season. A Poinsettia’s 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 for a Poinsettia
Adopting: Adding this striking Poinsettia hybrid to a collection of plants is a joy only a true plant parent can relate to. At eplants, we bring you display-ready plants with high-quality growth, compact shape, and well-formed leaves
Locating: Poinsettia will thrive in medium to bright light. They are known to tolerate artificially lit indoor conditions too. While most people look at a Poinsettia as an annual, expert gardeners have proved that 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.
Fertilizing: If you have picked up a Poinsettia around the holiday season, you won’t need to do anymore fertilizing until the season is over.
Reviving: Maintaining a Poinsettia for the long term 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 in your home and water it only when the topsoil goes dry. As new leaves start to sprout, give the plant some organic liquid fertilizer 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 fertilizer 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 could be poisonous to humans and animals. This has been proven to be false, with scientific studies showing that there is little or no harm that the plant can really cause.
Did you know?
There are over 100 commercially grown varieties of Poinsettia in the market, available to buyers.