Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Poinsettia Care

Here are some care and handling tips for your holiday poinsettias.  

Moderately bright light is best, but poinsettias will tolerate low light.  High light areas like windows should be avoided, the direct sunlight can scorch the tender leaves and petals.

Moderately moist soil is preferred.  Water thoroughly when soil surface feels dry to the touch.  Drain excess water in saucer at base of pot to prevent root rot and protect furniture.

Moderate temperatures are ideal.  60 to 70 degrees in the daytimes and 60 to 65 degrees in the evenings.  Avoid excessively hot or cold areas.

Long-lasting poinsettias will benefit from periodic applications of fertilizer, used according to manufacturer's directions.

Key tips for success.  Bright light, but not direct light, and cool night temperatures will help delay flower bud drop and will maintain brightly colored bracts.  

So as you can see proper care will help keep your poinsettia lasting longer and insure it looks beautiful on Christmas morning.  As a florist we will insure that we take good care of your poinsettia before it even arrives at your door.  We will monitor the water, light, and temperatures for you.  Not to insult the big box stores but when you see them sitting in the doorway and the pots are dry you know that they are not receiving the proper care.  You may pay a little more at a florist for your poinsettia but you will get more in return.  Remember the old saying, "you get what you pay for."?  Well in this case that is 100% true.

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