Do you live in a place with pretty mild weather? If you do, you can plant your holiday poinsettias outdoors! If there’s no frost, your plants can really thrive.
As the holiday season ends, you can collect poinsettias to plant in your own yard. Read on to find out more!
The gorgeous poinsettia is a tropical plant that was brought to the United States from Mexico in the 1800s. When planted in its natural habitat, a poinsettia can grow to be the size of a little tree. They are nicknamed the “lobster flower” and the “Mexican flame leaf.”
The flowers that bloom on poinsettias are actually not even flowers. The red blooms are called bracts, and they’re leaves. That’s not the only misconception about poinsettias, either; the plant is rumored to be poisonous, but it’s really not.
The real flowers of the poinsettia are small and yellow, and they lie in the middle of each bract. The bracts are dark green for the majority of the year, like normal leaves. But then, they turn red! The plant has to have between 12 and 14 hours of darkness per day, however, for this transition to occur.
How to Grow Your Own Poinsettias
Here’s how to grow your own poinsettias with the ones you’ve already bought:
- Wait for the colored leaves to fall off the poinsettia
- Stop fertilizing the poinsettia plant
- Cut back on watering.
- Allow the soil to dry out, but don’t let the plant shrivel
- Trim the poinsettia’s leaves to six inches
- Store your growing plant in a dark spot
- When spring comes and the soil warms, plant the poinsettia
Make sure that you find a decently lit spot for the plant so that it can get plenty of sun.
Once the plant starts growing again, feed it once a month with a balanced fertilizer.
Poinsettias became a popular holiday flower because they normally bloom in December. Start now, and you could have some beautiful homegrown poinsettias of your very own next year!