Recently I chaired a committee to sell Poinsettias through the Lake Norman Kiwanis. Little did I know what this undertaking would entail nor how these plants evolved.
They come in more than 100 varieties including pink, white, variegated and salmon. Native to Mexico and Central America, they were first introduced to the US in the 1800s by Joel Poinsett, a US Ambassador to Mexico. It is now the best selling plant in the US!
Keeping it healthy:
- They like space. Look for plants that are not crowded or packed together and transport them in large, roomy bags.
- Poinsettias need at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight per day and prefer moderate temps around 70 degrees. Excess heat or cold below 50 degrees will cause the leaves to yellow and fall off.
- Most important, don't allow your plant to dry out - but don't over-water (don't you love this one!). Finding a balance by checking every few days to make sure the soil is moise will help keep your plants lively through the Holidays and beyond.
- Fertilize after the blooming season with a well-balanced, all purpose fertlilizer every two or three weeks.
These are just a few tips. I purchased several plants from the Kiwanis and delivered them to all my clients this year. What a great way to lead generate and show gratitude for their business and, hopefully, their referrals!