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Poinsettia Plant Fun Facts & Care

Poinsettia Plant Fun Facts & Care   Poinsettia plants add a bright spot of color into your Christmas home. They are the traditional gift to bring to Christmas poinsettiaChristmas gatherings that every hostess loves.   The plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl, commonly called Pepita, who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus‘ birthday and was inspired by an angel to gather flowers from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. POISINDEX, a major source for poison control centers, says a 50-pound child would have to eat 500 bracts to accumulate levels of toxins found to be harmful in experiments. An Ohio State University study showed no problems even with extremely large doses. An American Journal of Emergency Medicine study of 22,793 cases reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers showed no fatalities, and usually do not result in any type of medical treatment. Closeup of red poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) flower background To get the most enjoyment out of your poinsettia plant, you should give it a little attention.  With these easy care steps, you will be able to enjoy it the whole winter!   *Place your plant in indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day.  If direct sunlight can’t be avoided, diffuse the light with a shade or sheer curtain.   *Water your plant when the soil feels dry to the touch. Don’t overwater your plant, or allow it to sit in standing water. Always remove standing water.   *Use a large, roomy shopping bag to protect your plant when transporting it. At near freezing or freezing temperatures, normal for Christmas time, the plant is quite susceptible to cold injury.   *Fertilize your plant AFTER THE BLOOMING SEASON with Bonide liquid houseplant  10-10-10 fertilizer.   *Don’t place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat. Avoid placing plants near appliances, fireplaces or ventilating ducts.   *Ideal temperature for poinsettia plants is 68 – 70 degrees. Don’t expose plants to temperatures below 50* F. Poinsettias are sensitive to cold.
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