Whether your holiday decorating style involves garland, glitter, fake snow, and hundreds of lights, or you prefer a more subtle (but still festive) look, poinsettias are a great way to bring color and life into your home during the colder months. Like any plant, they require proper attention and care to ensure they last through the holidays and beyond.
Coronado agent Debbie Giometti recently visited the Coronado Ferry Landing Farmers Market to learn how to take care of the popular holiday plant. She received some great info from Matt, one of the vendors at the farmers market, which we’ve outlined below:
This means they like to go dry between watering. A six-inch plant will drink about a gallon of water per year.
If the weather reaches freezing temperatures, be sure to bring your plants inside.
With proper care, a poinsettia’s flowers will last until February. If you want to regrow them, cut them back pretty low.
You can transfer poinsettias to your yard. They can easily reach 25 feet, but pruning them a few times a year will keep them at a manageable size.
According to WebMD, the myth that poinsettias are poisonous is just that: a myth. Though not completely harmless, a child would have to eat about 500 leaves to become sick. They are mildly toxic, and contact with the eyes or mouth should be avoided. However, it is safe to have them in the house around children and pets because their unpleasant taste will deter them from taking a second bite!