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Poinsettia Care: History, watering & environment

poinsettia care

Did you know…

The first Poinsettias were introduced to the United States in 1825? They were brought by Joel Robert Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico who obtained the plants from the wilds of southern Mexico. The common name for the classic holiday plant was derived from his last name.

Caring for your Poinsettia:

Examine the plant’s soil daily. When the surface is dry to the touch, water the soil until water flows freely out the drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Do not leave the plant in standing water – overly wet soil prohibits air flow which causes root injury.

Poinsettias that are exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering. If wilting occurs, water with the recommended amount and repeat after five minutes.

To keep the plant in bloom, try to maintain its environment at 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit during daylight hours. If possible, move to a cooler place a night. Avoid exposing the plant to hot or color drafts which may cause premature leaf drop.

Recommended watering practices are as follows:

Pot Diameter     Fluid Oz.

4”                     6 oz.

6”                     12 oz.

8”                     20 oz.

For a wide variety of holiday plants visit our website, www.stadiumflowers.com. Or, give us a call with your planting questions 800-889-4050!


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Dipladenia

The Dipladenia is a gorgeous elegant plant with trumpet- like flowers that cover the plant all summer. It has hearty green foliage and can be planted in your yard or in a patio container. You will need to water them frequently and thoroughly during hot days, and feed regularly with a balanced liquid fertilizer. They love the sun so put them in a nice bright location and enjoy them all summer!


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Orchid watering

Orchids are long-lasting, beautiful plants that do not need much attention. They actually take care of themselves and know just the right amount of water they need. The easiest thing to do is get on a schedule with your orchid.  Once a week, for a couple of hours, place a small bowl of warm water close to the orchid. As this evaporates, it will form droplets on the orchids leaves which will trickle down and nourish the roots, easy!

For more orchid information, stop by one of our beautiful Everett or Lynnwood locations!


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