How to care for poinsettiasAt All Seasons Garden Center Grand Forks, the poinsettia plants that are so popular at Christmas get their start on the Fourth of July. That’s when the nursery workers plant the seeds.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — At All Seasons Garden Center Grand Forks, the poinsettia plants that are so popular at Christmas get their start on the Fourth of July. That’s when the nursery workers plant the seeds.
Now, just a few weeks before Christmas, the All Seasons greenhouse is filled with red, white and variegated varieties of the poinsettia. You can also order them in other colors. The nursery will paint them to fulfill customer requests, said owner Georgia Heitmann.
When you pick a poinsettia, look for one with a small golden center blossom that is budding or just opening, Heitmann said. Poinsettias will do fine in sunlight or fluorescent light. Avoid over watering and never let your poinsettia set in water.
Here is more information about poinsettias from the Ohio State University Extension office of horticulture and crop science.
• Examine the soil daily, and when the surface is dry to the touch, add water until it runs freely out the drainage hole in the container. Do not leave the plant standing in water. Overly wet soil lacks sufficient air, which results in root injury.
• Plants exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering. If wilting does occur, immediately water with the recommended amount, and five minutes later water again.
• Place your plant near a sunny window. A window that faces south, east or west is better than one facing north. Do not let any part of the plant touch the cold windowpane because this may damage it.
• To keep the plant in bloom, maintain it at a temperature of 65 to 70 degrees during daylight hours and, if possible, move it to a cooler place at night. Keep it from drafts.
• Poinsettias are not poisonous, but they are not edible.
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