Gardening Guide Poinsettias River2u.com
Overview
Poinsettias are the most traditional and popular plants for Christmas. The flowers of these plants are actually the small yellow ones in the center of the large, colorful leaves (called bracts.) Poinsettias come in many sizes and colors including red, pink, white and yellow. There are many types of newer variegated varieties. They make wonderful gifts.

The following should be considered when buying poinsettias:
  • Look for dark green leaves down to the soil line; do not purchase those with yellow leaves or leaves that easily fall off.
  • The soil should be moist but not wet. The plants should not droop or wilt.
  • Choose plants that have completely colored bracts; avoid those that have a lot of green around the edges.
  • The plant should look attractive from all sides. Poinsettias that have been crowded together often suffer premature bract loss.
Make sure to protect the poinsettia when transporting it in cold weather (below 50 degrees F.) Place it in a sunny window away from heating and air conditioning vents.



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