Watering Poinsettia Plants: How Do You Water A Poinsettia Plant?
Poinsettias are very popular plants and they grow well in almost any climate. They need regular watering, but not too much. If you have ever planted a plant, you probably remember when it was new and needed some extra care. That’s exactly what you want to do with your poinsettias.
How often to water your poinsettias depends on several factors. One of them is the size of the pot you use for growing poinsettias. For example, if you’re using a small pot, then watering twice a week would be enough. But if you’re using a large pot, then watering once every two weeks would be better than never watering at all!
Another factor is humidity level in the room where you plan to grow your poinsettias. Some rooms tend to dry out faster than others. So, if you live in a humid area, then watering your poinsettias less frequently might be a good idea. However, if you live in an arid region, then watering your poinsettias more frequently may be a better solution.
Finally, there’s the type of soil you’re using for planting your poinsettias. Using soil that retains less water might require you to water your plant more often. On the other hand, using soil that retains more water may allow you to water your plant less frequently.
When watering poinsettias, make sure that the soil is wet but not soggy. You should never let your soil become completely dry, otherwise it will cause irreversible damage to your plant.
Watering poinsettias from the bottom would be a good idea if you’re using a pot that has a hole at the bottom. If this is the case, then pour water into the pot until you see it coming out of the drainage hole. In a few minutes you should find that all the soil in the pot is wet.
What do I do with my Poinsettia when it starts to bloom?
A Poinsettia starts to bloom when it reaches a certain age. The age of your plant that it will start to bloom for the first time generally depends on the size of the pot that you’re using to grow it in. The larger the pot, the longer it takes for your plant to bloom.
When your plant starts to bloom, you can expect red, pink or white colored flowers with yellow centers to appear. Note that the red and pink varieties are the natural colors that plant tends to bloom in. The white colored flowers tend to appear only when you use special chemicals on your plant to promote unnatural growth. These chemicals are generally not good for the plant, and can cause severe long-term harm.
After your plant starts to bloom, you may notice small green leaves starting to grow around the base of the flowers. These are called “candles” and are completely normal. Eventually, the candles will start to encroach on the flowers themselves. When this happens, you may find that some of the petals of your flowers will begin to wilt or fall off.
This is also a normal part of the growth cycle for a Poinsettia plant.
After the petals fall off, you’ll notice that there are small red berries growing out of the stems where the flowers were located. These berries will turn red and shiny over the course of a few weeks. After this occurs, the plant is said to be ripe and should be removed from the pot or lawn and disposed of in a safe location.
What you should NEVER do with your Poinsettia after it starts to bloom is to eat any part of it. Some people assume that the berry-like fruit is safe to eat, but this is not the case. In fact, some people have been known to get very sick from eating these berries. Eating any part of a Poinsettia plant will cause you to experience extreme nausea and diarrhea.
If you’re curious about what the berries taste like, you’re much better off eating a crab apple found in your backyard. They’re less poisonous and taste better too!
What can I do with my Christmas Poinsettia after the holiday season is over with?
After the holidays have ended, you may be wondering what you’re going to do with your Christmas plant. It’s important to know that it’s NOT safe to just throw it out in the garbage or the street when you’re done with it.
The reason for this is because the leaves and berries of the plant contain an ingredient called “phytolic acid” which is a powerful chemical that can cause a great deal of harm to both people and animals if ingested. The berries in particular are very poisonous, so never allow any pet or child to come into contact with them!
When the holiday season is over with, it is safe to place your Christmas plant out with your normal yard waste for pick up on your scheduled day. Doing this will ensure that the plant doesn’t end up in the hands of children or pets who might think the fruit is edible.
If no yard waste pick up is available where you live, then you can remove the plant from its container and place it in a paper bag before putting it in your trash can. This will keep animals from going through your trash and getting sick as a result.
The next best thing that you can do is to place your Christmas plant in a pot or bag and throw it in a public landfill. Since Christmas Poinsettias are very popular, there’s a good chance that someone will go through the trash and pull the plant out to take home themselves or even buy it from the thrift store if they see it in there!
If none of these options are available to you and if you’re really attached to your plant, then you can always re-pot it into a clay or plastic pot before placing it in your home or office. Just remember that the plant is poisonous and keep it out of reach of children and pets at all times!
Most people end up throwing out their Christmas plant if they can’t find anyone to buy it or give it to, but don’t be like the rest. Be unique and creative by giving your plant a new home where it can do the least amount of harm.
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Growth, nutrient content, and growth medium electrical conductivity of poinsettia irrigated by subirrigation or from overhead by DA Cox – Journal of plant nutrition, 2001 – Taylor & Francis
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