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Houseplant of the month: Poinsettia

Houseplant of the month: Poinsettia

The Poinsettia is especially popular because of its beautifully coloured leaves. Whilst these are often seen as its flowers, these are actually bracts that are formed in a star shape. At this time of the year, you might be used to seeing the Poinsettia in red mostly. However, this year pastel colours such as pink, apricot, lemon and salmon are trending.


Origin of the Poinsettia

The Poinsettia, or Euphorbia pulcherrima and even better known as Christmas star due to its shape, is considered as quite a holy plant and is recognised as a symbol for Christmas around the world. Poinsettia originate from Mexico and Central America, where they grows as a shrub that can reach a height of 4 metres. Legend has it that a poor Mexican boy, unable to afford a proper present to take to church, picked some Poinsettias to bring for his Christmas gift. The true, small, flowers of the Poinsettia can be found in the middle of the star shape and are rather small.


Looking after your Poinsettia

Some care tips to get the most out of your Poinsettia:

  • They like a spot with plenty of light, though not in direct sunlight
  • Avoid placing the Poinsettia right above a radiator or next to a log fire
  • Make sure the soil is slightly damp at all times
  • If the leaves turn yellow and drop off, place the plant in a cooler, brighter spot and increase humidity
  • Give the Poinsettia plant food once a fortnight


The Poinsettia display trends for December 2019

This year’s Poinsettia trend evolves mainly around pastel colours rather than the red we are accustomed to, though of course, you will continue to see the classic red Poinsettias too. Poinsettias work great in combination with Christmas decorations as well as in festive pots. Another idea is to use the Poinsettia as an alternative for the Christmas tree, and decorate the plant with fairy lights.  

We have a fantastic range of Poinsettia available in-store and one of our friendly team will be happy to help you choose the right one for your this festive season.

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