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 looking leaf forms of this plant has made it a favorite purchase during the holiday season. While the colored leaves are commonly misunderstood as flowers, they 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 much-loved, multicoloured Poinsettia hybrid to a collection of plants is a joy only a true plant parent can understand. 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, even though they are known to tolerate artificially- lit indoor conditions too. 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 Poinsettia need regular watering, do ensure that you don’t overwater them
Fertilizing: If you have picked up Poinsettia? around the winter holiday season, you won?t need to do anymore fertilizing until the season is over
Reviving: Maintaining a Poinsettia for the long haul is easy. 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 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 feed 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?
To induce early flowering in a Poinsettia, growers in Europe keep the plant in controlled pitch darkness for many hours.