Posted by Hannah Brand on Nov 28th 2023


Hey Plant Friends!

This week we are talking about Euphorbia pulcherrima or more commonly known as Poinsettia. These plants are native to Mexico and Central America and belong to the Euphorbia family (crazy right?!). You may be familiar with poinsettias as they are a popular holiday flower, errr plant. The “flowers” of poinsettias are actually bracts, or modified leaves. The bracts are signaled to color up in response to short days/long nights. Poinsettias put on vegetative growth until the Autumnal Equinox, then as the days get shorter, they begin to blush and change color.

Let’s talk about care. Poinsettias do best in a bright, diffused light – a least 6 hours. Direct sun can cause bleaching and burning on leaves. Usually there is no need to repot, but if you do, make sure to use a rich, well-drained potting soil such as Tonka Terra. Water your Poinsettia when the soil surface feels dry. Do not allow the soil to completely dry out as this will cause leaf drop and early spoilage. Poinsettias don’t like to catch a cold or hot draft or forced so steer clear!

It's important that we wrap your poinsettia in a paper sleeve for transport as the branches are fragile and poinsettias are extremely sensitive to cold weather.

We grow a gorgeous array of Poinsettias a Tonkadale - several sizes and colors! If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us - hello@tonkadale.com.

Happy Planting!