Plant Of The Month - December
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With holiday season in full swing, poinsettias are showing up everywhere with their festive red and green foliage to remind everyone it’s almost Christmas.
While you’ll see them displayed far and wide across all kinds of climates, they’re native to Mexico and Central America.
Poinsettias derive their common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s.
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Approximately 70 million are sold in the US in a six-week period
Named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s
They were cultivated by the Aztecs for treating fever and making red dye
Set your poinsettia near in a sunny window, preferably east-facing, with abundant light, but not direct sun away from heater ducts and cold drafts. Cold air will make leaves fall off.
They like to be warm, between 65-70 degrees. If you're comfy, your poinsettia will be too.
Overwatering is a common cause of death — water only when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch, and drain the pot completely 30 minutes after watering.
They do love humidity, so either use a humidifier or place the pot atop a bed of pebbles and water in a tray.
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