Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Keep poinsettias healthy during the holidays

Poinsettias are the traditional plant used in most holiday decor to brighten seasonal displays.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports this popular plant can suffer during the holidays if not properly cared for.
A plant that is stressed and has not been watered correctly may get spots or blotches on its lower leaves. Water the plants only when the soil feels dry.
Keep poinsettias indoors if the temperatures are going to be belowr 60-70 degrees F. A cold poinsettia will turn yellow and drop its leaves.
Fertilize poinsettias after the holidays if you want to try to keep them alive.
It doesn't take much to keep poinsettias looking good through the holidays.

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