A fairly popular symbol of Christmas is the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) or also called Poinsettia, ponsetia, federal star or Christmas plantIt has colors that are very suitable for this time of year since its leaves are green and red in intense tones. Christmas is the perfect time to grow this plant at home, as it is when they bloom, but we can also learn to take care of it and thus keep it at home throughout the year so that in the next Christmas season it will bloom again.
If you are wondering how to take care of the poinsettia, do not miss this article by Ecologist Verde in which we talk about all the poinsettia care. We hope that this simple guide will be of great help to you to take care of it all year round.
The Poinsettia, poinsettia or christmas plant It is one of the typical Christmas flowers and plants, but not only does it last at Christmas time, but it can last from one year to the next with the correct care. This is a summary of basic care (we offer a more complete and practical guide later).
Next, we are going to comment in more detail on how to care for the poinsettia, paying more attention to each aspect of the care of the poinsettia or Christmas flower.
It should be located in a place with abundant luminosity, since the leaves will end up falling in case of not having enough light for a long time. It is also very important that the plant is not exposed to drafts or is located very close to a stove or radiator, since excess humidity damages it (just spray). If your home is in a cold climate area, it is advisable to have the poinsettia inside of the house.
A substrate must always be maintained with a certain degree of humidity, preventing it from drying out, but without overcharging. When watering in a pot, the flowers or leaves should not be wet. A good irrigation method for this plant is the immersion irrigation, consisting of placing the plant in a bowl or dish of water that is not too cold and leaving it for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes, remove it and drain the excess water.
Here you can learn more about when to water the plants, because we will tell you what to take into account to know if they need more water or not, and in this other guide you can learn more about watering the poinsettia: how often and how to do it.
When should the poinsettia be pruned? The best time to perform pruning will be when the plant runs out of leaves, which usually happens at the end of January. In this process, the stems must be cut to about 10 cm long and the wound sealed with wax from a melted candle or some product that helps heal the wound. For pruning, it is recommended to use gloves, because they have an irritating latex for the skin and mucous membranes.
In this other post we will talk more about when and how to prune the poinsettia.
It is best to place the plant in a place away from the heating or outside but somewhat protected until the spring season begins. During this time you will have to continue watering the Christmas plant, although more widely in time.
When arrive spring, it is convenient to transplant the plant to a greater flowerpot, in order to renew your substrate for a higher quality one. From its stems our plant will begin to develop. We can improve this process by providing extra nutrients through a fertilizer.
Find more tips in these other articles about How to transplant a poinsettia and Transplant a plant: when and how to do it.
The flowering of the poinsettia plant usually happens during the month of December, moment in which it is filled with its characteristics red leaves. For this, it is necessary that from the end or beginning of October they spend between 12 and 14 days in total darkness, covering the plant with a thick cardboard, a dark plastic or a protective hood covered with aluminum foil during the afternoon-night.
So that the Poinsettia, Christmas plant or poinsettia flower, it is necessary to meet all the requirements of its care to cover its needs and make sure it is healthy. Therefore, you can follow these tips for making the poinsettia bloom and you can see its small flowers and its characteristic red leaves in full splendor.
A Poinsettia or Christmas plant at home may be dying for various reasons, from which we deduce that the problem is that we do not cover its care needs well. The main reasons are over-watering, under-watering, pests and diseases, and over- or lack of natural light. Take note of these tips to know what to do in each case:
Therefore, if you ask yourself how to retrieve a poinsettiaKeep in mind that first you will have to take into account all these aspects to detect the cause of her being sick or dying and, thus, you will be able to solve the problem. For example, if you detect which pest is attacking it, you can treat it, if you see that the land is flooded by excess irrigation, you can change the land for a dry and adequate one, if it is burning due to excess sun, you will only have to locate it in an area of semi-shade or shade, etc. You can read more tips on how to revive a plant here.
After discovering all this about the care of the Christmas or Easter flower, we want to comment on some of the characteristics and curiosities of this Christmas plant. Between the poinsettia curiosities, Poinsettia or Christmas flower is it so:
We also recommend you watch this video below about the care of the poinsettia or Christmas plant.
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