About Poinsettia plant : grow Tips and care

by Sadabahar Greens Pvt. Ltd.
Poinsettia Plant Urban plants Poinsettia plant scientific name - Euphorbia pulcherrima. They are native to Mexico and Central America . It grows moist , wet and on a rock hillside. They are found in deciduous forest and are a popular holiday plant because of colourful bracts ( leaves ) . They are mostly used for decoration during winter holidays . 
Poinsettias change colour 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 cyathia. The colourful 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 Plant

Light and Temperature - 

  • Poinsettia plant care Urban plants Indoor light  - Put in the south , east or west window where the plant will receive bright day light . 
  • 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. 

Watering - 

  • 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.

Transplanting - 

  • 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 cocopeat , moss , compost . So this will help to moist the soil .

Poinsettia Plant is indoor or outdoor 

Poinsettia plants can be kept indoors throughout the summer but some people choose the 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 

Plant Type                   
   
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
Bloom Time Winter
Flower Color     Yellow; bracts (modified leaves) are usually red but other colors are available
Hardiness Zones   Through 9 to 11 (USDA)
Toxicity
  • Mild symptoms to dogs and cats but not poisonous.
  •  The white sap can have allergic properties for people with latex allergies.

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