Selecting A Poinsettia

Poinsettias 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 selection pointers:

  • Choose a plant with dark green foliage down to the soil line.
  • Choose bracts (modified leaves) that are completely colored.
  • Do not purchase poinsettias with a lot of green around the bract edges.
  • Do not choose plants with fallen or yellowed leaves.
  • The poinsettia should look full, balanced and attractive from all sides.
  • The plant should be 2 1/2 times taller than the diameter of the container.
  • Choose plants that are not drooping or wilting.
  • Do not purchase plants that are displayed in paper or plastic sleeves. Plants held in sleeves will deteriorate quickly.
  • Do not purchase plants that have been displayed or crowded close together. Crowding can cause premature bract loss.
  • Check the plant’s soil. If it’s wet and the plant is wilted, this could be an indication of root rot.
  • Check 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.
  • When you take the poinsettia home, be sure to have it sleeved or covered when outdoor temperatures are below 50°F.

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