Perhaps, one of the first things people think of when decorating for the holidays are poinsettias. These traditional favorites are a staple item during this special time of year. The beauty is the same as it has always been, however, the choice is now a little more difficult. While years ago, one might have only seen red and white varieties, there are now well over 1000 different varieties to choose from, many of which are grown here at Goers.
Choose from brilliant reds, pinks, whites, rich maroon, marbled and speckled colors. For a modern twist on the classics, try one called Tapestry. This poinsettia has variegated leaves with red flowers. Or try our new color this year, Sparkling Punch, which is a pink poinsettia with splashes of white on the blooms (much like Ice Punch, see below).
Poinsettias are also available in a variety of sizes. From the small 4½” pot that is one single plant, up to the bush and tree sizes. And while all the colors are not available in all the sizes, these larger topiary or tree poinsettias make a striking statement in red or white.
Poinsettias are usually kept around the holidays and tossed, but in they make great houseplants for the entire winter when taken care of properly. Place your poinsettia in indirect light for at least six hours per day and avoid direct sunlight. Water the poinsettias when the soil feels dry to the touch, and do not over-water the plant or allow to sit in standing water. Also, when watering, do not water the poinsettia over the top. This can cause spots on the leaves and can also kill the plant.
Poinsettias like having room to breathe, so be sure not to crowd your plant and unwrap it as soon as you get it home. Avoid placing it in colder temperatures, below 50 degrees F, or places with a draft, near a front door or fireplace.