Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a cheery Poinsettia. Originating from Mexico and now available in a wide range of colours they suit any Christmas style and make the perfect seasonal gift!
Our Six Top Tips
- Ensure you buy your Poinsettia from a reputable supplier …. such as Clifton Nurseries
- Keep them in bright, but filtered light, away from strong sun and draughts, preferably at a temperature between 15 - 20°.
- Be careful when transporting Poinsettia from the shop to your home in the winter; just like us, Poinsettia don’t like cold outdoor temperatures!
- Don’t overwater them; water only when the surface of the compost has begun to dry out
- Mist them regularly (with a Clifton sprayer!) to increase the humidity.
- To use Poinsettia leaves as fresh flowers in a vase, cut the bracts, drip the cut ends in boiling water for 20 seconds, then immediately put into cold water, and you’re ready to arrange.
Arranging Your Poinsettia
A traditional red Poinsettia placed in a single pot on a table looks classically beautiful, but with the large range of sizes and colours of Poinsettias now available, they can be displayed in a range of ways to suit your personal style.
From hanging kodedama to multi-colour displays in large pots, and from tree decorations to table centres, Poinsettia are perfect for Christmas, wherever you place them.
How do you arrange your Poinsettia?! Post your photos with the hashtag #cliftonnurseries to show us and keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels for some of our examples.
Did you Know?
- The ancient Aztecs (the Mexican Indians) prized the Poinsettia as a symbol of purity.
- Centuries later, Mexico’s early Christians adopted the Poinsettia as their Christmas flower due to its colour and the flowering time coinciding with Christmas – for some, the star-shaped bracts of the Poinsettia symbolize the star of Bethlehem.
- In a Mexican legend, a child who could not afford a gift to offer to Christ on Christmas Eve was encouraged to make a bouquet with some weeds from the roadside and took them into the church, where to everybody’s amazement they bloomed into bright red flowers.
- ……….. and don’t forget - National Poinsettia Day is 12th December!