The Christmas Star, or Poinsettia, is the symbolic plant of the December holidays but it is important to take care of it well, so that it lasts as long as possible.

 

The Poinsettia , or Poinsettia, is the symbolic plant of the December holidays but it is important to take care of it well, so that it lasts as long as possible. Many donate it and many others receive it, it’s not insidious but to make it last a long time it’s really necessary to know every single aspect and secret.

To be able to keep it beautiful beyond  Christmas , just follow the advice of Stars for Europe , a marketing initiative founded by European poinsettia growers. Here are the 3 fundamental moves for a resistant and beautiful poinsettia.

Make sure the plant is in good condition

If a plant isn’t doing well from the start, then there’s very little that can be done. When buying the poinsettia, for yourself or as a gift, you must always make sure that it has been kept inside the shop and in a place protected from drafts and cold.

Temperatures below 12 degrees cause damage which, although not visible at first, can cause the poinsettia to drop its leaves once it is transported home. Packaging is also important and must be accurate for safe transport.

Choose the ideal accommodation at home

Each plant needs a dose of light, more or less intense. In order to have beautiful flowering, the poinsettia needs a warm and bright place well protected from drafts, such as a windowsill. The ideal room temperature should be between 15 and 22 degrees.

Pay attention to drafts: before opening the window to ventilate the room, remember to move the plant to a protected corner to avoid permanent damage.

Give the right amount of water

The poinsettia does not require much water. It is important that its roots are neither too dry nor too wet.

To water it, you need to pour a little water at room temperature every two or three days in moderation. Never give the plant more water than the soil can absorb and remove excess water in the pot or saucer no more than 15 minutes after watering. An overdose of water could lead to stagnation problems, causing the root system to rot.