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Poinsettias are a Holiday Must-Have
December 02, 2010

No blooming plant represents the holiday season more than a poinsettia. Native to Mexico and given as a gift to Joel Robert Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, these beautiful indoor plants bloom from fall well into January and beyond. Combine them with a decorative pot and some ferns or ivy to create the ideal seasonal decoration for any home or office.

Most often we think of poinsettias in typical colors of red or white, but at Waterloo Gardens we carry many more varieties. There are solid shades of burgundy, red, pink, salmon, white, and plum along with variegated splashes of color. We even carry a few painted poinsettias in surprising colors of blue, purple, yellow, and orange.

When purchasing your poinsettia look for a sturdy stem that will not break easily. The actual bloom is located in the middle of the colorful bracts and these should be relatively tight to ensure the longest bloom. Make sure that there are no signs of dryness in the leaves or bracts.

Get your plants home as soon as possible after your purchase to avoid cold damage. Never leave them in a cold vehicle for any length of time.

Place your poinsettia in a bright area of your home. They grow best in temperatures averaging 70 degrees. Do not place them near either areas of warm or cool drafts, and check them daily for watering needs. Poinsettias should remain evenly moist but not soggy.

Stop in today to purchase these holiday favorites!

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