December 13, 2021 3 min read
Before we get into the details of how to care for your Christmas Poinsettia, here’s some interesting nuggets of knowledge as to why they've become so popular; after all they have become the highest selling potted plant in the USA. The plant is native to Mexico and Guatemala and cultivated by Mayans and Aztecs who used them to create reddish-purple fabric dye and its sap for medicinal purposes.
The Poinsettia was first associated with Christmas in Mexico in the 1600s by Franciscan priests to decorate nativity scenes. There are also suggestions that they were a Pagan tradition used to brighten mid-winter festivals.
Why Poinsettia? Named after Joel Poinsett the first US ambassador to Mexico who brought them back to the USA in 1827.
However, loads of people find it really hard to keep their Poinsettia healthy, so here’s some tips to keep it’s Christmas colour and cheer for longer.
After Christmas you can compost your poinsettia plant, cut the leaves to create a cut flower display, or encourage them to bloom again the following year.
Here’s how to keep your Poinsettia for another year:
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