are traditional Christmas plants that will last through the
Christmas season and beyond. It is important to select the best
plant for your home environment. The following are a few
a plant with dark green foliage down to the soil line.
bracts (modified leaves) that are completely colored.
not purchase poinsettias with a lot of green around the
not choose plants with fallen or yellowed leaves.
poinsettia should look full, balanced and attractive from
plant should be 2 1/2 times taller than the diameter of the
plants that are not drooping or wilting.
not purchase plants that are displayed in paper or plastic
sleeves. Plants held in sleeves will deteriorate quickly.
not purchase plants that have been displayed or crowded
close together. Crowding can cause premature bract loss.
the plant’s soil. If it’s wet and the plant is wilted,
this could be an indication of root rot.
the poinsettia’s maturity. Check the true flowers which
are located at the base of the colored bracts. If the
flowers are green or red-tipped and fresh looking the bloom
will "hold" longer than if yellow pollen is
covering the flowers.
you take the poinsettia home, be sure to have it sleeved or
covered when outdoor temperatures are below 50°F.