Back to Christmas and you will surely be numerous to see one of these wonderfully beautiful plants that can be seen in many places of sale, especially at the entrances of Todo au Cien. I’m talking about those red plants that attract so much attention and usually evoke Christmas. Poinsettia is the technical name for this particular plant or, as it is better known, the Easter flower. On these very important dates in December, it is impossible not to find them on the counters of stores or in the corridors of houses or even as part of the decoration of a table. But like any factory, it also has its own responsibilities. Do you know them all? Let’s see some tips!
Irrigation: don’t drown it!
The poinsettia is a plant that needs to be wetted almost constantly in order to thrive It is necessary to water it at least a few times a week. Where it is very hot (as has happened strangely in recent years in December), it wouldn’t hurt to water it three times a week. Irrigation should not be abundant, because if we water the plant, we will rot the roots. It is better to pour water into the base plate so that the plant indirectly absorbs it; in all cases, avoid direct contact between water and the leaves or their flowers. If the plant starts to turn black, we’ll drown it!
The ideal temperature
Like humidity, temperature is another factor that will allow our plant to thrive or die after a few days. The poinsettia is stored at room temperature between 16º (night) and 23º (day) approximately.. This means that it should not be exposed outside when it is very cold at night or in direct sunlight. And of course not near a fireplace or a powerful stove. The further you move away from these heat sources, the longer it will last. In this sense, always avoid dry environments, because like excessive humidity, its absence can be a major enemy of this type of plant.
Give it the sun
Poinsettia is a type of plant that needs sunlight to survive. Although it is not good to expose it to the sun due to excess light, it will get heat, it is best to leave our plant near a window where it can capture this daily light without drying it out. The light will allow it to stay in good condition and continue to show vivid colors in its leaves. Of course, remember: do not expose it to direct sunlight.
The wind, another enemy!
If you leave your plant near a window, make sure it is closed or that there are no strong drafts because the wind, just like it can catch a cold, can damage the poinsettia. . In this sense, it is a delicate plant, with direct or frequent contact with air, you can easily lose the leaves and loses all its appeal.
Watch out for heating
Whatever the reason, excess is not good. That is why now in winter if we use to make the heating very strong, we can over-dry the environment and the lack of humidity is another enemy of our poinsettias, and its consequence is the early fall of their leaves. So now you know Place your plants in rooms at room temperature or at least away from heaters!
Bloom year after year, myth?
While many of you may think that the poinsettia that we are buying for Christmas is a plant to decorate the house for a few weeks and throw it away, know that if you follow all the care described we did in the post, can -to be Not only does your plant survive the winter, it will bloom again the following year and possibly longer.. Take care of it as it deserves and you will see how it survives year after year!
As you can see, there are a lot of tips to take care of your Christmas plant. But remember, if you hang out with them all, your poinsettia will be a year-round companion plant and won’t just decorate the house during the Christmas holidays. Hope you can keep your plants for a long time with these simple instructions. And, if you know of other infallible care to maintain them, do not hesitate to let us know!