Plant Inspiration : Poinsettia

Nov 25, 2013

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Sun: The more light you have to offer this plant the better it will do. Just be sure it is allowed some full darkness at night. This plant will adore a spot in a window facing South, East or West. At least 6 hours of light a day is recommended. Direct sunlight may fade the bracts.

Zone: These plants are ideally for indoors and require daytime temperatures to be between 60-70 degrees F and night time temperatures to be no lower than 55 degrees F.

Soil: For watering purposes, a soil with good drainage and water retention is the best.

Water: Water your poinsettia when the surface of the soil is dry to touch, this may mean you will have to check it everyday. When watering, be sure the water saturates fully and either runs free from the drainage holes, or can’t hold anymore. Do not leave standing in water.

Habitat: Originated from Mexico and Central America, the Poinsettia is actually known for its colored leaves (or bracts), and the flowers are actually the tiny button looking centers of the bracts. This plant needs watering and pruning changed monthly if you are looking to keep it around longer than the holidays.

Tip: Poinsettia’s are intended for indoor use, or outdoors in a tropical area. If place near a window do not let the plant touch the cold windowpane as it will injure it. People allergic to latex may develop a rash if they handle this plant.

Category: Thriller – Used as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition.

Filler – To fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants.

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