Top tips for caring for your Christmas Poinsettia

Looking to lay an extra special Christmas table this year? Then bring out the ultimate festive flower, the Poinsettia. There are some wonderful ways you can use it in your festive scheme. Take a look at these stunning displays and follow these expert tips on how to make your Poinsettia plant last all season…

[Image above and below: White Christmas table design by florist Ian Lloyd from the Flower Shop]

TOP TIP ONE

Avoid buying a Poinsettia from an outside display – they hate the cold and are unlikely to last. Do not buy if leaves are folded or yellowing or if the bracts (the red/pink/ivory petals) are falling off – this is a 
sign of an old or ill plant.

TOP TIP TWO 

Choose plants where the small, greenish-yellow blooms between the coloured hypsophylls (bracts) are closed or budding. This will ensure that the plant is fresh.

[Images above and below: Contemporary Christmas table display by  The Urban Flower Firm]

TOP TIP THREE 

When you buy your Poinsettia, make sure the retailer wraps it in thick paper or cellophane for the journey home to avoid it catching a cold. [Yes, the Poinsettia can be a bit of a diva - Ed.]

TOP TIP FOUR 

At home, ensure the moisture of the soil isn’t too dry or too wet. It should be just slightly damp.

[Images below: Vintage Christmas by florist Paula Pryke]

TOP TIP FIVE 

Do not leave your Poinsettia sitting in water as this will rot the roots. Water if carefully with lukewarm water every second day or so.

[Image below: Restoration Christmas display by Rebel Rebel]

TOP TIP SIX 

Poinsettia’s thrive in a light, warm place at around 20 degrees celsius. While it’s okay to leave them near a radiato, avoid direct sunlight or draughts.

[Thanks to Stars of Europe [christmas-star.info] for the top tips on how to care for your Poinsettia]

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