The Poinsettia – Fun Facts and How To Care for the Poinsettia

The Poinsettia – Fun Facts and How To Care for the Poinsettia

Nothing represents the holiday season quite like the beautiful Poinsettia! With its rich, velvety bracts and vibrant green leaves, the Poinsettia a bright reminder that winter has arrived. Here are a few fun facts and tips about the cheery flower…..

how to care for a poinsettia


  • The Poinsettia originated in Mexico, where it grows as a ten foot tall shrub. It was cultivated by the Aztecs, who made a reddish-purple dye out of the bracts and
    a medicine for fever.
  • The Poinsettia is named after Joel Roberts Poinsettia, first United States Ambassador to Mexico.
  • The annual sales of Poinsettias exceed the annual sales of all other potted plants combined.

poinsettia, christmas flower


  • Choose a plant which has green foliage near the soil line.
  • Look for plants with large bracts that extend over the lower green foliage.
  • Select only plants with small tight green button-like flower parts in the center of the bracts. These little buttons will eventually develop into open flowers.
  • Poinsettias like room temperatures of between 68 – 70° F; position it carefully, away from droughts and heat sources.
  • It’s important that you don’t over water your plant or allow it to sit in standing water. Allow it to dry out slightly between watering.
  • Mist your plant frequently during the blooming season to keep it happy.

Article written by Danielle Nicholson, owner of Kentuckiana Chic.

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