Poinsettia!

This week, a coworker gifted me with a lovely poinsettia. So thoughtful! This native of Mexico, also known as Euphorbia pulcherrima, is in my img_1383bathroom currently. I will keep it in its container during its flowering season (though the red “flowers” are actually petal-like leaves known as bracts).

My plan for this plant is to try to maintain this it for at least one more season, and to try to propagate this plant by using stem cuttings and plant rooting hormone. If successful, the Christmas season at my home will be beautifully extended! Ultimately, I’d like to grow this plant in the ground as a permanent plant in my outdoor garden but will do more reading up to see if this is a worthwhile effort since it’ll mean a change from a warm indoor climate to a cooler one outdoors.

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: The poinsettia is poisonous if it is ingested, and also linked to skin irritation. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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2 Responses

  1. One of my neighbors planted a bunch of poinsettias around the bottom of her orange tree, and she would place all the fallen oranges around the poinsettias and it was a wonderful fertilizer for them. Every year they were the most stunning thing in the neighborhood. Unfortunately something took them out about 3 years ago…probabaly one of the hurricanes. I guess they love oranges though. LOL. Good luck. I know if anyone can do it, you can!

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