By: Scott Woods, Greenhouse Specialist, Mohonk Mountain House
Poinsettias, also known as Euphorbia pulcherrima, are a classic of the holiday season. We planted a total of 500 on July 3rd, and now they’ve grown up and moved out of our greenhouse! This year, we’re excited to have five varieties on display throughout the entire Mountain House – Prestige Red, Polar Bear, Green Envy, Jester Red, and Luv U Pink. When you visit us this winter, be sure to stop by our greenhouse to take some home with you!
CARING FOR YOUR POINSETTIAS
High porosity equals good drainage, and good drainage is the secret to keeping your poinsettias alive and healthy.
Sunlight + Temperature
Give plenty of sunlight, and be sure to keep your poinsettias in a bright area where it can receive six to eight hours of sun each day. Keep away from heat vents and drafts, which can cause the leaves to drop quickly. The ideal temperature for them is between 65-80 degrees.
Water correctly. Too much is just as bad as too little. The potting soil should be kept slightly moist, but never soggy or dripping wet.
Trim + Re-pot
Most people throw out their poinsettias after every holiday season. This year, trim them back and re-pot in a larger container. Poinsettias want to be a shrub and can last for many years!
*Poinsettias can be mildly irritating to some people’s skin and to the stomach if ingested. Just to be on the safe side, be sure to keep your pets and small children away from Poinsettias.