Indoor plants

Poinsettia cultivation

Watering Poinsettia

Poinsettia is well known for being a rather delicate plant. Very often, it is kept only during the Christmas period and then thrown away later. However, in case you want to keep it longer, it is good to start with a good watering process. For this plant, the soil must always be kept moist. This can mean watering the poinsettia every day in the summer and only once a week during the winter. It is good to check that the soil does not dry out and also to avoid that it is completely irrigated and full of water. To increase the ambient humidity, the poinsettia can be preserved by placing a saucer filled with expanded clay which is in turn immersed in water, in order to generate an evaporation process that helps the plant.

How to keep the Christmas star

In nature, the poinsettia is a plant easily found in hilly and mountainous areas. This means that large changes in temperature are not tolerated by this plant. The poinsettia cannot tolerate temperatures below 12 or 15 degrees. Temperatures below this could cause the loss of all foliage. In addition, it is good to keep the poinsettia away from direct and excessive heat sources, such as radiators or fireplaces. Generally a space under the stairs could be adequate to the needs of the plant. Equally, it is preferable to avoid too low temperature changes. Therefore, it is advisable to keep the poinsettia away from windows or doors, from which jolts of too cold air could come. Once you have found the right space, you need to leave the plant in that area and,

Fertilization of the poinsettia

The poinsettia is a plant that naturally occurs in fairly basic soils. Consequently, rather basic fertilization is recommended. It is good practice to fertilize the soil every fortnight during the flowering and development period. In the other phases of the plant’s life, fertilization is not necessary. The fertilizer that is recommended to use is a normal fertilizer for plants which will basically be based on substances such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus (the NPK fertilizer). As for repotting, it should be done in spring when the poinsettia resumes its vegetative activity. From time to time, a taller pot than the previous one is used, but the height of the container used must not exceed 20 centimeters,

Poinsettia Cultivation: Poinsettia Diseases

The poinsettia is quite delicate. Among the first problems that can be encountered, there is the fall of the leaves. This problem is usually caused by an environment that is too cold or by the presence of drafts. So just move the plant to a more suitable environment. If brown spots are noticed at the height of the underside of the leaves, we are in the presence of brown cochineal. Mealybugs can be removed by using an alcohol wipe. If the bracts and leaves appear discolored and tend to fall, we are in the presence of excessive watering and therefore rotting of the roots. The remedy in this case consists in removing the rotten roots and dusting the remaining ones with a fungicide. Also wait a week before resuming

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