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Everything you want to know about Poinsettias this Holiday Season

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All you need to know about Poinsettias this Holiday Season

Poinsettias are a popular gift and home decoration for the Christmas season. Flower-like bracts as large as 12 inches across grow on these potted plants and may be red, white, pink, yellow, speckled or variegated; these bracts surround the tiny, yellow true flowers.

Colors can range from creamy white to shades of pink and orange to the traditional red. Also available are marbled bracts of pink and white as well as pink flecks on red. Poinsettias can be purchased in miniature sizes, trees, hanging baskets and even as fresh cut flowers. Ask Welke's Milwaukee Florist for our current color options.

Christmas is a time for personal celebrations and traditions shared with family and friends. Flowers and plants have long played a special role in Christmas festivities and are as personal and individual as the people doing the celebrating.

Poinsettias are a longstanding favorite as gifts and decor for the Christmas holidays.

While the standard three- to six-bloom red poinsettia is the most popular, there are several other sizes, shapes and colors available.



      

Poinsettias are one of the longest-lasting blooming plants available to consumers!

To choose the perfect poinsettia:

  • Pick a plant with small, tightly clustered buds in the center.
  • Look for crisp, bright, undamaged foliage.
  • Avoid plants displayed in drafty or crowded areas.

To keep the poinsettia blooming:

  • When surface soil is dry to the touch, water thoroughly. Discard excess water in the saucer.
  • To prolong color, keep a temperature range of 60 degrees for night and 72 degrees for day. High humidity is preferable.
  • Place plant away from hot or cold drafts, and protect from cold winds.

To rebloom for the next season:

  • During winter, continue to follow holiday upkeep tips.
  • March 17 (St. Patrick's Day): When bracts fade, cut stems back to eight inches above soil line.
  • Continue to water regularly.
  • Lightly fertilize with a good, balanced all-purpose fertilizer every three to four weeks.
  • When temperatures are warm, place plant outdoors; first in indirect, then direct sunlight. Avoid temperatures below 50 degrees throughout the summer.
  • July 4 (Independence Day): Cut back new growth stems. Repot if needed.
  • Early September (Labor Day): Move plant inside. Provide six or more hours of direct light.
  • October 1 through mid-December: Confine plant to complete darkness for 14 hours, giving it 10 hours of natural light daily. This will set the buds and cause bracts to color.

Special care: Water thoroughly when soil surface feels dry remove excess water from trays and foil covers. Bright, indirect light will prolong their life.

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