Pointsettias have come a long way in the past few years. Not long ago, they appeared for a couple of weeks around Christmas and then quickly lost their luster. With advances in different types of this plant, they appear earlier in the season and last longer than ever.
It’s the official flower of Christmas.
It never really feels like the Holiday Season until the Pointsettias come out. Their red and green colours make them a natural fit for Christmas, though their red ‘petals’ are not actually flowers, but ‘bracts’s or leaves. Nonetheless, their vibrancy make them popular at this time of year.
Once only available in red, there are no over 100 varieties of Poinsettias available and they come in a wide variety of colours.
- It’s almost impossible, but try to avoid buying plants that are displayed in sleeves or in a really crowded manner. These plants don’t last as long.
- Take note of the buds in the center of the bloom – the tighter they are, they younger the plant. If there is a yellow pollen in the center, then the plant is already mature and won’t last as long.
- They don’t like temperatures that are less than 50F/10C, so if it’s cold out when you’re buying them, make sure you don’t leave them in the car
- It should look full and balanced from all sides
- Watch for yellowed or wilting leaves, even if the flowers are bright.
- If the soil is wet and the plant is still wilted, it might have root rot.
Interesting Facts About Pointsettias
- They are the best-selling potted plant in Canada and the United States
- The most common question is how to keep them and get them to bloom again
- Pointsettias contribute over $250 million to the economy
- Red Pointsettias used to comprise 80% of the Pointsettia market, but with addition of various novelty colors, they now only make up 65% of the market
- They make great gifts. No one every says, “Oh, I already have one.” That’s because they look great in groups or can brighten any room.
Still Not Sold?
There are so many other beautiful plants at this time of year:
- Christmas Cactus.
If none of these interest you, of course, there’s always the trusty Christmas Tree to provide a blast of nature in your home during the Holiday Season.