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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Buying & Caring Tips for Potted Poinsettia

A few hints to help to keep your Poinsettia healthy and pretty:

· Don’t purchase from outdoor areas when temperatures are below 50°F. When carrying from the store to your car and it is below 50°F make sure the plant is in a plastic bag or otherwise protected from receiving direct wind.
· Once inside, Poinsettias do best in room temperatures of 68°F to 70°F, in the daytime and not below 65°F at night. Keeping the room within this range of temperatures will help keep the color of your plant vibrant longer.
· Poinsettias need six hours of indirect sunlight a day to thrive.
· Do not leave the plant sitting in standing water. After watering the plant, pour off any water remaining in the dish. Standing water will cause the roots to rot.

There is such a beautiful range of colors to choose from white to peach to candycane striped. With a little tender loving care, your potted Poinsettia should keep pretty indoors for several months.

Keeping Poinsettia as a House Plant Year Round-
The Poinsettia can be treated like a houseplant and fertilized every few weeks. In March, once the leaves have fallen, the stems should be pruned. The plant can be placed outdoors for a rest when spring temperatures permit. In June repot in a slightly larger container. Come September a rigorous routine of 10 hours of daylight followed by total darkness in a closet will be required each day in order for the plant to flower in time for the holidays.

©Deborah S. Tukua, co-author of Pearls of Garden Wisdom.

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