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TIPS TO KEEP YOUR POINSETTIA BLOOMING

Poinsettias are a favorite living decoration during the Christmas season. New and amazing varieties have been developed that keep their brightly colored bracts for 8-10 weeks. Bracts are the showy, colored parts of the poinsettias that most people think of as the flowers - but in fact they are really a modified leaf. The traditional red varieties are popluar, but other varieties with white, pink, marbled and even variegated bracts are also excellent choices.

To keep Poinsettias at their best for the longest time, place them in a an area where they will receive bright, indirect light. Water when the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch. If your plant is wrapped in foil, be sure to punch a hole in the foil to allow for proper drainage. Poinsettias do not like overly wet soil. Ideal temperatures should never exceed 72 degrees during the day or 60 degrees at night in order to prolong the bright color of the bracts to remain. Avoid drafts or extreme temperatures from a cold window sill or a heating vent.

It is possible to grow your Poinsettia for another year. When the bracts begin to fade, cut the plant back 5 to 8 inches above the soil. Place it in a cool, medium light location and allow the soil to dry well between waterings. In late April or early May, repot and place it outdoors in a shady location. Fertilize once a month. In order to initiate flowering and color development of the bracts, Poinsettias need long night periods. Beginning October 1st, and continuing for six weeks, place the plant in a dark closet or an unused room each evening from 5-7pm. After six weeks, place the Poinsettia in bright, indirect light and water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch. The plant should soon flower and develop color in its bracts.

We hope your Poinsettia adds Christmas cheer and many days of enjoyment during the holiday season! Check out more of our favorite HOLIDAY PLANTS. >>

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The Newest Poinsettia on the Block

TAPESTRY POINSETTIA

Today, we celebrate National Poinsettia Day... and all the amazing poinsettia varieties that have been created over the years. One of our favorite new poinsettias is the Tapestry, featuring beautiful bright red bracts with rare variegated, yes variegated leaves! Bracts are the showy, colored parts of the poinsettias that most people think of as the flowers - but in fact they are really a modified leaf. The leaves of the tapestry poinsettia feature a vibrant green woven together with a creamy yellow blotch. Whether you choose to mix this stunning new plant with traditional red poinsettias or make it a focal point in your décor, it will certainly make your holidays a bit merrier and brighter.

Poinsettias are easy to keep beautiful and blooming throughout the holidays and beyond as long as you follow a few simple steps:

  • Avoid exposing the poinsettia to freezing conditions. Do not leave it in the car while you finish shopping. Take it home and place it inside the house as soon as possible after purchasing it. Poinsettias like it warm just like you do.
  • Place your poinsettia in a spot with bright natural light, but do not expose it to direct sunlight.
  • Do not place your poinsettia in an area where it will be exposed to drafts, heat from appliances, radiators, or ventilation ducts.
  • The color of your poinsettia will last longer with temperatures around 65 degrees during the day and 60-65 degrees at night.
  • The soil should be kept moderately moist; check every few days and water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Before watering, remove the pot covers or foil wrapping; water to saturate the soil, and then allow the pot to drain. Do not let the plant sit in standing water.

Santa is Coming to Town

Greet Santa as he arrives at your local garden center tomorrow, Saturday, December 7 at noon. He'll be here until 4pm to take pictures with all the kiddos. We will be adorned with plants and trimmings to set the backdrop for a spectacular Christmas photo. From poinsettias to twinkling lights and the iconic Christmas tree, you will surely get a photo perfect for your holiday card. Be sure to bring your camera and your best Christmas sweaters to capture that special moment.

Before Santa’s arrival, children can create their very own living gift to give to that someone special (cost is $10). A living plant is the perfect gift to remind them that they are thought of year round. At the workshop, kids will paint their own 4 inch pot and choose a 4-inch houseplant to put in it. They can decorate a holiday tag and leave with a complete holiday gift perfect for mom, dad, grandparents or teachers.

Get in the spirit this holiday season and give Santa your Christmas wish list!

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