Poinsettias after Christmas

On the plebiscite at Christmas because its bracts and foliage carry the banner of the party: red and green.

But poinsettia is available in many other colors and takes his place throughout the year in the decoration of our homes!

Poinsettia or "Christmas Star" coming on strong in the garden with the approach of the holiday season. It owes its colorful bracts surrounding the flowers. Red bracts are the most common, but there are also varieties of roses, salmon, yellow, cream, white, sometimes variegated with bright green leaves.

Poinsettia grows wild in Mexico where he easily exceed two meters high. In our latitudes, it is much smaller, even sometimes taking a dwarf size, ideal for decorating the tables.

Do not throw the poinsettia!

Too often, the poinsettia knows a spell after the holidays ... and ends in the trash! After flowering, rather install it in a cool room and bring it to the’water regularly. In late spring, slow waterings. When the leaves begin to fall, the plant comes into rest; at that time, let the ground dry for a month. At the end of this period, fold it quite short (10 cm) and water to stimulate the start of vegetation. Then place it in a warm place.

Poinsettias appreciate a temperature between 15 ° C and 23 ° C (avoiding hot dry air and drafts), good moisture (by soaking the pot in the’water at room temperature, but never leave any’water into the pot) and lots of light. You can get out between May and September and bring him the’fertilizer during the summer.

For blush poinsettia

It's a challenge that blush of your poinsettia bracts second Christmas These colored leaves n’appear during the short days. For blush, reduce its exposure to light. So in September, place it in a room lit only by natural light and make sure it stays 14 hours over 24 in total darkness. And for eight weeks!

Another solution is to’shut your plant in a closet every day from 18h until’the next morning at 8 am ... Or cover it during the same period of time’a cardboard box. After eight weeks passed, normally treat your poinsettia. At night, leave it at a temperature of 15-18 ° C. And it will bloom again - perhaps - around Christmas.

Gardening: all boards’maintenance of the poinsettia