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Poinsettias are really a desert plant native to Central America. The Aztecs used it to make a reddish-purple dye and it was long known as a “Christmas” plant even before it was noticed by Joel Poinsett, the US Ambassador to Mexico in the 1800s. A botanist by training, he sent samples to his home in the US and began breeding them. The rest, as they say, is history.
|Poinsettias aren't just red anymore|
|Kim helps Jean McDaniel select |
poinsettias for her house
Poinsettias make a great hostess gift and can brighten up a dreary winter with their bright flowering bracts. They should continue to stay in color for many weeks. When you bring them home place them where they will get indirect sunlight for about 6 hours a day. Since they are a desert plant they prefer the soil on the dry side- water only when the soil feels dry and the pot feels light in weight. Don’t panic if the leaves start to drop. This is a natural reaction of the plant to a change in growing conditions. It has gone from our sunny greenhouse to your darker house and is under some stress. Though you may be tempted to water it, don’t. Try finding a room with a little more sunlight.