How to Care for Your Poinsettia During the Holiday Season

As the wet and chilly autumn months give way to the festive season, Christmas is just around the corner! This time of year brings us closer to family and friends, gift-giving, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, and, of course, vibrant Poinsettia plants. Poinsettias are holiday bestsellers, available in various colors, shapes, and sizes. However, these lovely plants are quite sensitive, so we’ve put together some essential care tips to help you enjoy your Poinsettia throughout the season.

1. Watering Wisely:

Poinsettias are highly sensitive to both overwatering and underwatering. Submerging their roots in water deprives them of oxygen, leading to root damage. Conversely, not providing enough water can cause dehydration, which is detrimental to their longevity. To strike the right balance, consider using a watering system like the Chrysal Aqua Pad or the Aquastick. These tools allow the plant to regulate its water intake, reducing the frequency of watering.

2. Ideal Temperature Range:

Poinsettias are subtropical plants that thrive in temperatures between 18°C and 22°C (64°F to 72°F). Placing them in colder environments will significantly shorten their lifespan, so keep them within this temperature range for optimal health.

3. Shield from Draughts:

Poinsettias are extremely sensitive to draughts. Even a few hours of exposure to draughts can lead to the dropping of leaves and flowers. When purchased, Poinsettias often come with a protective wrapper to shield them from draughts. However, once you bring them home, it’s essential to gently remove this wrapper to prevent leaf yellowing and falling leaves. Additionally, ensure that you place your Poinsettia away from draughty areas in your home.

4. Avoid Ethylene Exposure:

Ethylene is a natural hormone that accelerates the aging process in plants. To prevent the detrimental effects of ethylene, growers and wholesalers often treat Poinsettias with Ethylene Buster. To maintain the longevity of your Poinsettia at home, ensure that there are no external sources of ethylene nearby. Common sources include cigarette smoke, certain vegetables like tomatoes, and various fruits.

In conclusion, with the right care and attention, your Poinsettia can remain a stunning centerpiece throughout the holiday season. By providing proper watering, maintaining an ideal temperature, shielding against draughts, and avoiding ethylene exposure, you’ll ensure that your Poinsettia stays healthy, vibrant, and a joyful part of your festive celebrations.

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