What would Christmas be without the lights, the music, and the Poinsettias?
A beautiful and festive plant, the Poinsettia is a staple in the holiday season, and is one of our favorites here at KaBloom! Their bright red leaves are bound to catch your attention, and it feels like no holiday design can be without one. Taking care of this merry plant isn’t too hard, but we want to make it easy for you, so here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of the plant!
First, when you’re transporting it outside, make sure that the Poinsettia is properly wrapped. The cold can damage the plant’s leaves very quickly! When you first get it home, don’t be surprised if a few leaves fall off. Don’t worry, that’s normal! It’s just the Poinsettia’s way of adjusting to its new home.
Choosing the right location inside your house is really important to making the Poinsettia thrive. Try to find a place that gives the plant a lot of light, but not direct sunlight.You want people to see it, right? Also, try to keep your Poinsettia in a place that is not too hot or too cold. If one of the Poinsettia’s brilliant red leaves touches a cold windowpane, it could shrivel and wilt. That being said, the plant will do very well if the location you choose for it is a little cooler at night. If the room is on the warmer side, mist the plant every day just to make sure it stays hydrated.
Watering is really important, but this is where it could get a little tricky! Poinsettias need to be watered, but check the soil first to see how damp it is. If it’s dry, make sure you water it, but if it’s damp, you can go without watering it for now. Make sure you don’t over water, because that is just as dangerous to the Poinsettia as under watering. After you water, make sure there’s no excess water in the wrapping or tray under the plant. If there is, drain it, because leaving the Poinsettia in a pool of water will put a damper on your Christmas spirit!
You’ve probably heard the long-standing question of whether or not Poinsettias are poisonous. Well, we obviously don’t recommend eating it, but it isn’t as dangerous as you’ve been taught. The sap from Poinsettia leaves can cause mild irritation, so it’s best to avoid contact with the leaves, especially with young children and pets.
It’s not too hard to keep this Poinsettia looking great throughout the holiday season! If you do it good enough, you might even be able to keep a little festive cheer in your house after the season has packed up. Stay tuned for more updates!