Few things ring in Christmas like a beautiful poinsettia! But how to keep it that way? This is the first in a 3 part miniseries on keeping your poinsettia looking great.
Actually, the key to keeping poinsettias looking beautiful is to understand their tropical heritage. Poinsettias originate from the tropics and they thrive in temperatures of the mid to high 20s Celsius. With that in mind, our winter cold can paralyze, if not kill them. If a poinsettia gets chilled, it will look wilted like it needs water. Wilting is actually a poinsettia’s universal way of saying it’s unhappy. Too hot – wilted. Too cold – wilted. To dry – wilted. Too wet – wilted. Get the idea?
How are we going to get this plant home toasty warm and happy?
First of all, make picking up your poinsettia the last thing on your errand list, so your vehicle is warm and it won’t have to wait anywhere in the cold while other errands are being run and then take it out of your vehicle first when you arrive to your destination.
In transport, make sure that your poinsettia is bundled up! Poinsettias should be wrapped up in layers, just like we dress in layers to stay warm.
The first layer should be a paper sleeve. This sleeve will give it the initial layer to protect it from damage and the cold.
And second, a plastic gusset bag should be placed over that to give an additional layer of insulation. No more of that walking through a parking lot with just an open cellophane sleeve! There’s nothing to insulate or protect your poinsettia when it just has cellophane around it.
When you have your poinsettia inside; to unwrap it, don’t bother with trying to wiggle it out of the top of the paper sleeve, just tear the sleeve off – it will, again, result in less damage.
Once home safe & warm, you’re up to 90% in poinsettia care success.