Tips for Gorgeous Poinsettias in Southwest Florida
As a Florida landscape company who enjoys giving poinsettias at Christmas, ArtisTree knows a thing or two about selecting and caring for this beloved holiday symbol. Here are some tips to keep yours looking their very best throughout the holiday season and yes, even later. It’s easier than you might think.
Start by selecting a poinsettia with dark green foliage topped with evenly spaced bracts in proportion to the plant. (The colored bracts, often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colors, are actually leaves.) It’s a good idea to avoid ones that are wrapped in plastic or paper sleeves since they usually age faster. Then make sure the plant is wrapped for transportation since exposure to low temperatures even for a short time can cause injury. Place it near a sunny window for maximum plant life. Poinsettias don’t like high indoor temperatures over the mid-70s or over-watering (actually, about 68 degrees is ideal). And they love even cooler temperatures at night. Check your plant’s water needs daily but water only when it feels dry. Sure, they require some TLC, but they pay you back handsomely!
Contrary to popular belief, flowering poinsettias can be kept outside, even during winter, as long as they are kept frost-free. With care, they can be induced to re-flower after the initial display for months of additional enjoyment. Place your plants near a southern, eastern or western window and keep the soil moist while they are still in bloom (don’t let them sit in water, though). How do you keep your poinsettias healthy and beautiful after the crystal eggnog bowl’s been put away? Here are some helpful pointers. Of course, if you want to take the easy route, you can always buy faux poinsettias and create gorgeous wreaths, garlands and even “bows” for your packages. Happy holidays from ArtisTree!