In Puerto Rico, its demand is such that numerous greenhouses have already begun to report record sales and inventory losses.
Even so, the poinsettia, poinsettia flower or Poinsettia is for thousands of Puerto Ricans a delicate plant that needs too much care.
For them and them, La Perla del Sur offers this week a series of guidelines and recommendations with which it is highly probable to keep them in a garden or inside the home … until next Christmas.
When buying it
The care of the plant must begin from the moment it is acquired. Therefore, it is timely to look at certain points and check that she is healthy. Among them, that the bracts – the strikingly colored modified leaves found next to the tiny flowers – are intact.
You should also examine the little yellow flowers in the center of them and verify that most have not opened. Also, check for broken, rotten, or spotted stems and leaves. In addition, it must be firm and not loose in the substrate or soil.
At home: take care of the lighting!
Easter need natural light. Therefore, place it on a balcony or a part of the garden where it receives indirect and moderate sun. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight and also to areas where you do not have access to sunlight. In fact, darkness is the most common reason why Easter trees suffer from accelerated leaf fall. If this happens, find a suitable space for him.
Also the temperature
In order for the flower to be preserved beyond Christmas time, the plant needs a place where the temperature is constant. It should be away from drafts or high temperatures, since in both cases it will also tend to lose the leaves.
Easter does not have to be overwatered. In fact, its root should not dry out, but neither should it soak. The ideal is to water them by immersion, that is, placing the plant on a tank with water at room temperature, for 15 minutes. Then remove any water that you have not absorbed.
It is also important to allow the soil to dry out a bit before watering it again, as too much moisture can rot the root.
In short, at most, water them twice a week.
Inspect the blades frequently. If you see that they are turning yellow or falling off, it is possible that the irrigation form is failing. And take note: red or other brightly colored leaves should not be watered or sprayed to prevent discoloration or staining. Do not shake or rub them with your fingers to retain their color.
After the celebrations of the new year, Kings and Octavitas, the ideal is to transplant it to the garden or to a place where it does not receive excessive sunlight. With proper care it can grow into a shrub up to ten feet tall. You can also keep it in a pot.
A month after transplanting, fertilize it with a preferably liquid fertilizer. If you have doubts on this point, it is best to consult an agricultural center or an expert gardener.
Be careful with pets
All parts of the poinsettia are toxic, especially the sap that circulates inside it, which serves as protection. For this reason, you must be very careful with your pets.
Direct contact with this milky substance can cause dermatitis with irritations, itching and even the appearance of vesicles or blisters in pets, highlights the Mundo Animal web portal.