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Celebrate National Poinsettia Day!

By Paul James

This Saturday, December 12th, is National Poinsettia Day. It’s been celebrated since the mid-1800s, when Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, brought a bunch of “Points” back to the states to propagate. And assuming you’re ready to celebrate (Hey, why not?!), we’ve got an incredible selection of Poinsettias in stock now. Not sure how to take care of them? No worries. Here are some pointers.

Try to buy your Poinsettias on a day when temperatures are well above freezing, and make sure they’re wrapped regardless of the temp. Exposure to low temperatures even for a few minutes can permanently damage the plants. And don’t leave your plants in the car while you do more shopping. Depending on the weather, it may be too cold – or perhaps even too hot – inside your car.

Once home, carefully unwrap your Poinsettias and place them in an area that gets roughly six hours of indirect light a day. Most often, that’s an eastern or southern exposure. Keep the plants away from warm or cold drafts from air registers or open doors or windows.

Thankfully, Poinsettias are happy with the same daytime temperatures people are – 65 to 75 degrees during the day, and a bit cooler at night. Temps above 75 will shorten the plant’s lifespan.

Check the soil daily, and water as it begins to dry out. If your plants are wrapped in foil, punch holes in the foil so water can drain into a saucer. Discard excess water in the saucer shortly after watering. Keep in mind that soggy soil will lead to root rot.

Do all that, and your Poinsettias should last at least six to eight weeks indoors.

Happy gardening, ya’ll.

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