Country Woman’s Gardening Guide to keeping Poinsettia plants alive.
For the last 30 years, Jane and Fred Holaseks’ green thumbs turn red each year as they transform their Minnesota greenhouse into Poinsettia Central for the holidays.
Family owned and operated, their business is noted by locals for its unusual annuals, perennials and floral planters; but during the winter months, the Holaseks spread holiday cheer with their spectacular Poinsettias.
From petite 4-inch pixies to nearly 3-foot holiday houseplants, the Holaseks fill 20 greenhouses alone with red and pink Poinsettia plants for their Christmas-time customers. Before they’ll let a customer step away from the counter, here are the 6 tips they like to share for keeping these red-petaled stunners merry and bright through Christmas!
The Holaseks’ Top Tips for Poinsettia Care
- Select a poinsettia that hasn’t shed pollen yet. It will stay fresh longer.
- Avoid plants with bracts and foliage beginning to yellow or wilt.
- Put the poinsettia in a protective sleeve for transit. Temperature fluctuations will cause leaves to drop.
- Check the soil daily. When it feels dry, water the plant thoroughly, let it drain into a saucer (if the pot is foil-wrapped, slit the foil at the bottom). Discard excess water.
- Poinsettias are tropical plants and prefer temperatures around 65° to 70°.
- Place plants in an area with bright, indirect light away from cold drafts or heating vents.