What makes it special in the Poinsettia Plant?
Poinsettias, Euphorbia pulcherrima, are attractive houseplants with dark green leaves and leafy red 'braces' that surround greenish-yellow flowers in December and January. They are usually used to decorate the house on Christmas. Native to Mexico, Poinsettias can be difficult to keep alive after Christmas and most are tossed after the red bracts fade and the festivities are over.
Poinsettias require loose, well-draining soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH of 5.5 to 7.0. The best soil mix recipe would be an all-purpose soil with organic matter such as peat as well as ingredients such as orchid bark for extra drainage. The key is to find a balance of adequate drainage and plenty of moisture.
Keep soil moist.
Water plants when the surface of the soil feels dry to a light touch, or feels light when the pot is lifted. Never allow poinsettias to become so dry that they wilt.
Indoor Light: Place in a south, east or west window where the plant receives bright daylight.
Outdoor Lighting: Part sun, 4 to 6 hours daily.
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