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Poinsettias: The Christmas Flower
Poinsettias are native plants to Mexico. They were brought to the United States in 1925 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the American Ambassador to Mexico. In their native area in the south of Mexico, Taxco del Alarcon, poinsettias grow as high as ten feet tall!
Despite their seasonality, poinsettias are the most commonly sold plant in North America over the course of the year. The vast majority of these plants are grown in California; however, at Adele-Rae Florist we buy our poinsettias from a local grower in Abbotsford.
A common misconception about poinsettias are that they are poisonous. However, research and testing has shown that poinsettias are not poisonous. Though it should be noted that they are NOT meant to be eaten; and like any other houseplant, consumption would probably result in an upset stomach.
To keep your poinsettia looking its best through the holiday season, follow these steps:
- Place the poinsettia in a sunny window.
- Do not let any part of plant touch cold window panes.
- Indoor temperatures from 16 to 21°C (60 to 70°F) is ideal for long plant life.
- High temperatures will shorten the life of the colourful bracts.
- Water only when the soil is dry.
- Placing your poinsettia in a cool room 13 to 16°C (55 to 60°F) at night will extend blooming time.
- Do not fertilize when plant is in bloom.
- Avoid temperature fluctuations and warm or cold drafts.
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From Kathy & the Adele-Rae Florist Staff