Posted by Hannah Brand on Nov 16th 2021

November 16th, 2021


Hey Plant Friends!

This week we are talking about Euphorbia pulcherrima or more commonly known as Poinsettias. 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 up 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 sunlight – a least 6 hours. Direct sun could cause bleaching and burning on the leaves. Usually there is no need to repot, but if you need to, make sure to use a light, well-drained potting soi such as Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix. Water your Poinsettia when the soil surface feels dry. It’s important to 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 draft or forced air through vents.

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 in many different 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!