The Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) is a very popular plant at Christmas time. It originated from Mexico and was bought to the USA in 1825 by the American Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett. Us Brits buy over eight million of them a year!
The Poinsettia certainly bightens up your home at Christmas but with a bit of love and care you could keep this house-plant all year round.
- They like a warm home!
- Do not overwater as it can quickly kill them. A couple of times a week is plenty. Avoid letting them sit in water-filled saucers as it could lead to root rot.
- The Poinsettia likes a nice bright spot in your home, don’t tuck it away.
If your Poinsettia is looking a little sad, remove the dead leaves from the pot and continue to remove any leaves that fall off. Cover your Poinsettia plant every night or move it to a dark cupboard overnight. For it to bloom again a Poinsettia requires 14 hours of complete darkness every night.