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How to cure poinsettias

The characteristics of the poinsettia

Every Christmas, one of the houseplants that you will almost certainly receive as a gift, or that you will use to make a gift yourself, is the so-called Christmas star. The botanical name of the poinsettia is Euphorbia pulcherrima, as it belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. At first, however, it was erroneously called Poinsettia, in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the United States ambassador who imported the plant from Mexico, the region of which it originates. In nature, the Poinsettia can reach up to three meters in height, while the specimens grown in greenhouses are very rare that they reach this size. What is commonly believed to be the poinsettia flower, the red-colored petals, are actually bracts, or modified leaves. The flowers are small and yellow, and are located in the center of the bracts. Often, after Christmas, the Poinsettia is abandoned and left to die: but with proper care, it can flourish again the following Christmas. Here’s how to cure poinsettias.

How to cure poinsettias

Poinsettias are typically sold packaged in plastic wrappers that are open at the top. This, in fact, serves to protect their leaves, which are very delicate and break easily. As soon as you are in the house, however, the plant must be released, because it needs to breathe, and it is also necessary to prevent its soil from drying out too much. Therefore, you should check immediately if you need water, and if so, it should be given to you. But be careful not to create stagnation, because even the roots of Poinsettia are extremely delicate and can rot. Ten minutes after watering it, care should be taken to empty the saucer if there is excess water. The best place to put it is in a warm, but not too dry environment. As it was said,

How to store poinsettias after Christmas

Once the Christmas season has passed, it won’t take long for the large, lush leaves of the poinsettia to begin to sag. At this point, in general, those who own a Poinsettia tend to neglect it and let it die. For it to survive, the plant must be placed in a slightly cooler place, such as along the stairs. Care must be taken that it receives sufficient sunlight, preferably not direct, and that it is not in a particularly windy area. In addition, you must always have enough water. When the temperatures start to get milder, towards spring, the Poinsettia can be moved outside, on the balcony or in the garden, in a bright place. It should be pruned, cutting off all the now dry branches, until they are reduced by half.

How to cure poinsettias: How to make poinsettias bloom again

Throughout the spring and summer, the Poinsettia must be left in a sheltered and bright place, without moving it and only turning it from time to time so that it receives the sun evenly. In the fall, you have to bring the plant back into the house. To have a new flowering at Christmas, there is a procedure that must be strictly observed. In fact, Euphorbia is a plant called short-day and photoperiodic: this means that it needs a certain number of hours of darkness, and a certain number of hours of light. At night, it should be placed in a completely dark room, where no one enters and never filters light: then exposed to natural brightness for at least eight hours. In this way, the first colored bracts will emerge. At this point, you can take it to the apartment, and the Poinsettia will cheer up another Christmas.

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