There’s no doubt that Pionsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the undisputed queen of Christmas plants. It’s beautiful red leaves brighten up doorways, and windows during the Christmas season. In our Durham Florist store, Poinsetta is everywhere: on the stairs, lining walls, decorating mantels. It’s put us all in jolly holiday mood and we love seeing it fly out of the store, taking up residence in homes, holiday parties, and offices.
Not only does Poinsettia a popular Christmas Plant, it also has a fun history:
- It’s native to Mexico, where it’s called Flor de la Nochebuena.
- It’s actually a shrub.
- It’s also a perennial!
- Poinsettia is named after Joel Paul Roberts who was a botanist and diplomat in Mexico.
- It’s available in different colors!
- You can keep it alive year round! (Read on!)
Year Round Poinsettia Care:
Don’t toss your Poinsettias after Christmas! They make beautiful long term house plants. Here’s a few easy tips to keep them going all year long.
First, don’t over water them. They like to be on the dry side.
Secondly, Poinsettia’s like light and warmth. But be forewarned, the fireplace isn’t a great place to place your plants.
Next, if you want to keep your poinsettia year round, House Beautiful recommends you prune in April to 4 inches, and keep it in a cool place and repot in May. Another great source for information is https://happydiyhome.com/poinsettia-care/
Finally, if you live in gardening zones 10, 11, or 12, poinsettias can be planted outdoors. Learn more about Gardening Zones in the US here.
Buy the best Poinsettia you can!
Not all growers are the same. If you can buy your poinsettia from a grower, we highly recommend that. It will come to you fresh, at the height of it’s maturity and grown with care. If you don’t have access to a grower, and you live near Durham, NC, we warmly invite you out to our Durham Florist store! We have beautiful 24 inch tall poinsettias in Red and White, and we’d love to show them to you. We get them from local NC growers, who take great pride in growing the freshest and most organic plants they can. We’d love to meet you in the store at 3401 University Drive, Durham.