By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhoggardener”

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

 

 

The Poinsettia will display colourful leaf bracts from December thru to February if given the proper care.

The colourful leaf bracts are not actually the flower bloom of the plant, since the flower is very small and hidden within the large leaves,  the plant has developed these colourful leaf bracts to attract pollinators.

 

* The Poinsettia requires a brightly lit location to maintain the attractive coloured leaf bracts.  Place near a sunny window, but do not let the sun shine directly on the plant.

* The Poinsettia does not like extreme fluctuations in temperatures.  Avoid locations where the plant may be subject to cold drafts from doors or windows, or hot drafts from heat sources such as heating ducts.

* The Poinsettia prefers daytime temperatures of 72 F (22 C) and night time temperatures of 60 F (15 C).

* The Poinsettia requires a moist growing medium, but does not like to sit in water.  Water when the soil is dry to the touch.  Place the pot on a saucer and water thoroughly until the water runs out the bottom of the pot.  Discard any excess water in the saucer.  Since the air tends to be dry in most homes during the winter heating season it may be necessary to water the plant daily.

* The Poinsettia will develop yellow coloured leaves and/or drop some leaves if it is not given the proper growing conditions.

The Poinsettia is often discarded after the colourful bracts fade.  However, the plant can be cared for and brought back into bloom for December.  The colourful bracts develop only after the plant is given a  period of controlled light and total darkness.

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