In the buying and giving frenzy that accompanies the Holiday Season, many of us end up with one or two Pointsettias around the house. Here are some tips on caring for them.
Enjoy a photo with each tip!
Caring for Pointsettias:
1. Place your Pointsettia in indirect light
2. Wait until the soil is dry before you water it again.
3. Punch holes in the foil so that water can drain and empty the saucer of water. Too much water can make the leaves droop.
4. Don’t let the plant touch cold windows.
5. If you’re really into and don’t mind moving your Pointsettia around, the ideal amount of daylight is six hours.
6. They like lower temperatures at night, so if you lower the temperature in your home at night, your Pointsettias will be happy (down to 55 degrees F/15 degrees C)
7. The ideal temperature: 60 to 70 degrees F / 16 to 20 degrees C. High temperatures shorten the life of the Pointsetttia.
Poinsettias are not poisonous. Many studies have been done over the years to confirm their non-poisonous status. That said, it’s always safer to keep kids and pets away from house plants.
If you want to keep your Pointsettia around after the Christmas season, add fertilizer once per month. Don’t fertilize it when it’s in bloom.
Let it go.
My final tip is to let it go. If you really want to, you can keep your plant going until next year, but don’t feel the pressure to do so. When it’s done, it might just be done. It’s okay to let it go. I won’t tell if you don’t.
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