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Indoor Plant of the Month – Poinsettias
No other plant says ‘Christmas’ quite like the Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima, in fact it is so popular during the festive season it is commonly known as the ‘Christmas Flower’.
Although the coloured top of the Poinsettia is referred to as the ‘flower’ they are not really flowers at all, they are modified leaves called bracts. The bright bracts are designed to attract insects to the tiny yellow flowers in their centers, but we’re sure you’d have to agree that it is not just insects that are attracted their beautiful colour, Poinsettias are by far our most popular flowering plant at Christmas!
Brighten up your festive home with our Home Grown Poinsettias! We have a spectacular display of Poinsettias in our Houseplant Department for you to enjoy, with 22 varieties grown in shades of pink, white and red, we are sure to have the perfect Poinsettia for you!
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Legend has it that a poor child in Mexico having nothing to give the Infant Jesus on his birthday gathered some weeds into lovely bouquets, the only gift he had to offer. When he brought his gift to the manger, the simple weed was transformed into a brilliant red bloom – a poinsettia! Now known as the beautiful “Flower of the Holy Night”.
Secrets for Success…
– Good light position but no midday sun.
– Select a warm room with no draughts.
– Feed once a fortnight with a high potash feed.
– Water moderately;allow compost top to dry before re watering.
For more information please see our Festive Houseplants information leaflet.
National Poinsettia Day ~ 12th December
Join us for a celebration of the ‘Christmas flower’ – Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima.
Festive Poinsettia Bowl Competition..!
Why not enter our Competition to WIN a Festive Poinsettia Bowl worth £36.95! It’s free to enter – simply fill in a competition form in our Houseplant Department between the 9th and the 12th of December for your chance to win! (Winner will be notified on Friday 13th December 2018).
History of National Poinsettia Day
The first National Poinsettia Day was celebrated in 2002 after the passing of Paul Ecke Jr., a pioneering horticulturist regarded as the father of the poinsettia industry, whose innovations caused the Poinsettia trade to flourish. The day, 12th of December, is chosen for this celebration as it was the death anniversary of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and Minister to Mexico, who in 1828 discovered Poinsettia flowers growing on a hillside in Southern Mexico. After his discovery Poinsett sent cuttings of the plant to his home in Charleston, South Carolina and began distributing the flowers once it had grown well in his greenhouse.
Click here for more information on Poinsettia Day.