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The plant we know today as the poinsettia has a very interesting history. Native to Central America and Southern Mexico. The Aztecs used the plant for decorative and practical uses. The poinsettia may have remained a regional plant had it not been for the efforts of Joel Roberts Poinsett. The son of a French physician, Poinsett was appointed as the first United States Ambassador to Mexico (1825-1829) by President Madison. Poinsett had attended medical school but his real interest was in the field of botany. (Mr. Poinsett later founded the institution which we know today as the Smithsonian Institution).

Caring for Poinsettias

  • Place your plant in indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day.

  • Provide room temperatures between 68 - 70° F. if you are comfortable, so is your poinsettia.

  • Water your plant when the soil feels dry to the touch (evenly moist). Allow the water to drain completely.

  • DO NOT leave Poinsettias in your car when you are holiday shopping and make sure they are protected and well wrapped when taking them to your car when you bring them home. DO NOT place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat. Avoid placing plants on heaters, heating ducts or directly in front of or too close to fireplaces.

  • DO NOT expose plants to temperatures below 50° F. Poinsettias are very sensitive to cold so DO NOT place them outside during the winter months and avoid placing them near drafty doors or windows.DO NOT over-water your plant, or allow them to sit in water.

Poinsettias are not Poisonous

  • The leaves are not very tasty, so it's highly unlikely that kids or even pets would be able to eat enough leaves to kill them which would be a greenhouse full! The most common side effects from eating Poinsettia leaves would be an upset stomach and vomiting.

  • All the Poinsettias that we carry are grown locally on Long Island at CJ Van Bourgondien Greenhouses in Peconic.
 

 



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