"Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Poinsettia Care 101

Poinsettias are a perfect addition to any classic holiday decor.

Enjoy Judy Bloom's Poinsettia Care 101 tips for enjoying your bright blooms throught the whole holiday season-

*When choosing your poinsettia, look for a plant with an abundance of green foliage and sturdy stems. Wilting, breaking or drooping are signs of a weak or unhealthy plant.

*If possible, choose a poinsettia that has not yet been wrapped with foil or paper. This means the plant has had ample time and space to breathe properly - adding foil or paper often reduces the necessary air flow to the base of the plant and roots.

*After selecting your perfect holiday poinsettia, protect it while you travel home by simply placing in a large shopping bag. This will help protect the poinsettia from harmful winds and cold temperatures.

*Daily Care-Remove any dead or wilted leaves and check dirt for moisture level. If dirt is dry to the touch, add a glass of fresh, room-temperature water.

*True or False? Poinsettias are poinsonous.

False. Despite what most traditionally believed, recent scientific research, in agreeance with the Society of American Florists, has claimed low toxicity levels in this popular holiday bloom. In a study in the early '90s, researchers even found the plant beneficial, by lowering air-borne pollutants in the home.

However you celebrate - add a fresh touch to your decor with flowers!

Best Wishes,

Judy Bloom

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