How To Care For A Small Poinsettia Plant ?

Poinsettia is commonly called the Christmas star Flower. The scientific name of the plant is  Euphorbia Pulcherrima. There are some common questions about this plant. Such are, Is poinsettia an indoor plant? Can keep poinsettias alive all year? Are these colorful flowers or something else? Let’s get to know about its complete care and maintenance.

The most interesting part about this plant is its various color. There are various colors like Bright red, Pink, Yellow, and cream available in this plant. Now know the fact that what is the reason behind the plant that it turns so colorful. Poinsettias turn into bright colors in winter only. They are photoperiodic, which means they bloom when days are shorter than the nights. They bloom when days are shorter than the nights. They require at least 6-7 hours of bright light and 12-14 hours of darkness.

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Now Come To The Question, Are These Colorful Flowers Or Something Else?

These colorful leaves are actually not a flower. These were green leaves that turned into colorful leaves due to photoperiodism, making a pattern of a star. The actual flowers of this plant are tiny yellow flowers in the middle of this star. These green leaves turned into colorful leaves according to light and darkness.

Watering

When it comes to watering the first question which arises, is how often do we water Poinsettia?  In both cases of over or less watering, this plant will lose all its leaves within a day or two. Once collapses it will never revive. So be careful while watering this plant. Water when the top of the soil dries out a little. Water thoroughly till excess water drains out from the drainage hole. 

Composting

It is not a highly demanding composting plant. Good compost should be added at the beginning of the season or the onset of winter. Poinsettia does not require repeated feeding of dry manure/compost but liquid manure can be added to make it look more vibrant. It will not dishearten you if repeated manure is not provided to it.

Post Care

Winter is the blooming period of Poinsettia. For this reason, the plants need proper care in summer to live. After the season is over (as summer approaches), Poinsettia gradually starts becoming green. Chop the plant from the top leaving a 6’ stem from the bottom. Keep it in a filtered light in a humid corner till the onset of winter.

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Propagation

This plant can be multiple easily. The most common propagation method of Poinsettia is to take a cutting of softwood and let it develop roots in cocopeat. Keep it in a shade but not in a dark area. Mostly it is propagated in water but you can root poinsettia cuttings in water. The beginning of March or April is the best for cutting the Poinsettia. At that time cut the poinsettia back about 6 inches and get it ready for transplanting. 

Precaution

It can be dangerous for pets. The sap from leaves or stems might cause skin and eye irritation if comes in contact. Leaves might prove dangerous for your pets like dogs, and cats if ingested in large quantities. So keep away from your children and pets. 

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FAQ:-

1. Does poinsettia need sunlight?

Poinsettia needs indirect bright sunlight every day. It needs a minimum of six hours of sunlight

2. Can poinsettia grow in hot weather?

Poinsettias are mainly winter-season plants. They do not like warm weather. If we keep Poinsettia in warm weather it will lose its life. If you want to keep poinsettias in warm weather you have to keep it in a cooler room.

3. Is poinsettia an indoor plant?

Yes, it can be kept indoors provided there is filtered sunlight in a room. It needs 6-7 hours of bright light. So keep it near a window or door from where it can get filtered sunlight to maintain its color. There is no problem in the nighttime because it needs 12-14 hours of darkness.

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