I’m a grinch. Holidays just aren’t my thing. Why?
- They happen during winter
Winter blows— it’s cold and all of my plants die.
- Did I mention it’s cold and all my plants die?
Where did the sun go??!!
Thankfully Bexar County Master Gardeners won’t let 10 hours of sunlight get them down! Today I had the opportunity to help with their Annual Poinsettia sale.
What’s a Poinsettia?
Poinsettias are a tropical plant that can trace it’s origins back to Mexico. It was introduced to the US in 1825 by Joel Poinsett. In its natural environment poinsettias can grow up to 10 feet tall. If you have a poinsettia at home you should feel safe knowing that’s it’s not poisonous. The milky sap that’s excreted from the leaves can irritate the skin though. And it’s probably from California. Luckily the climate in San Antonio is mild enough that we can grow our own. There are about 100 varieties of poinsettias. They come in red, maroon, pink, white, yellow, and all sorts of mash-ups in between. If you have a poinsettia, be sure to be gentle with them. They bruise easily and if the bracts have pollen on them then they won’t recover from the injury. The stems are also very fragile. Show your poinsettia some tender love and care. Don’t put it outside in temps below 50F. Water it with a few ice cubes daily. Two cubes for a 6 inch pot is plenty. Good luck and enjoy! Poinsettias make these chilly days a little brighter. Maybe the holidays aren’t so bad…
And thanks to http://urbanext.illinois.edu/poinsettia/faq.cfm for the info. This is a site dedicated to the awesomeness of poinsettias. Check it out for more info!