Although Poinsettias change color in response to shorter winter days. Poinsettia flowers are actually made up of the bracts, which look like petals, and the tiny yellow flowers in the center, called Cynthia. Similarly the colorful bracts attract insects to the flowers and will drop after pollination.
Poinsettia are not harmful to animal or human health. But they should not be eaten.
- Sticky white sap can cause a skin rash, so gloves are recommended when working with these plants.
- Wash tools well after use as they can make tools sticky.
- Avoid contact with eyes and mouth.
Growing Tips for Poinsettia PlantLight and Temperature -
- Put in the south, east or west window where the plant will receive bright daylight.
- Outdoor light - part sun, 4–7 hours daily.
- Temperature -
- Indoor temperature of 60-75 F is ideal temperature.
- Don't keep the plant where the temperature fluctuates, such as heat ducts, space heaters etc.
- Freezing temperatures will kill poinsettia.
- Keep the soil moist.
- Water plant when the soil feels dry to touch.
- Never allow Poinsettia pots to sit in excess water.
- Constant wetness will cause plant rot.
- Continuing watering needed January through March.
- In late spring or early summer, transplant your poinsettia into a container (3 to 6 inch) bigger than the original pot.
- Mix in organic matter such as coco peat, moss, compost. So this will help to moist the soil.
Poinsettia Plant is indoor or outdoorPoinsettia plants can be kept indoors throughout the summer, but some people choose to plant kept in bright sunlight.
If cared for properly the plant, the plant will last 2 - 3 months and keep at least 6 hours of sunlight.
Poinsettia plant information
||Perennial and shrub|
|Mature Size||3 -10 ft. tall, 3–7 ft. wide|
|Sun Exposure||Full and partial (at least 6 hours)|
|Soil Type||Loamy soil and well-drained|
|Soil pH||Through Neutral to acidic|
|Flower Color||Yellow; bracts (modified leaves) are usually red, but other colors are available|
|Hardiness Zones||Through 9 to 11 (USDA)|