Poinsettia Facts • The Poinsettia is the MOST popular Christmas season plant. • It was introduced to the United States in the late 1820’s from its native Mexico. • In the wild they can grow to ten feet tall • The colored part that are thought of as flowers are actually modified leaves called bracts.
Poinsettias are not poisonous as thought. • In recent studies at The Ohio State University showed that a 50 pound child that ate 500 bracts might have a slight tummy ache. • Poinsettias represent over 85% of the potted plant sales during the holiday season. • 90% of Poinsettias are exported from the United States.
There are over 100 varieties of Poinsettias available. • $220 Million dollars worth of Poinsettias are sold during the holiday season. • Americans prefer: • 74% Red • 8% White • 6% Pink
Poinsettias are commercially grown in all states. • California is the top Poinsettia producing state. • December 12th is National Poinsettia Day. • The Paul Ecke Ranch in California grows over 80% of the Poinsettias in the United States for the wholesale market.
80% of Poinsettias are purchased by women. • 80% of people who purchase Poinsettias are over 40 years old. • Poinsettias are the best selling potted plant in the United States. • Most Poinsettias are sold within a 6 week period. • 60 million pots were grown in 1997.
The cost is usually determined by the number of blooms. • Paul Ecke first introduced Poinsettias On the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Selecting a Poinsettia • Choose a plant with dark green foliage down to the soil. • Choose bracts that are completely colored. • Do not purchase Poinsettias with a lot of green around the bract edges. • Do not choose a plant with fallen or yellowed leaves
The Poinsettia should be full, balanced, and attractive from all sides. • The plant should be 2.5 times taller than the diameter of the container. • Choose plants that are not drooping or wilting.
Check the plant’s soil. If it’s wet and wilted, this could be an indication of root rot. • When you take a Poinsettia outside in temperature below 50 degrees F, be sure to cover it.
Poinsettia Care • Keep it in a sunny window, not touching any cold windows. • Keep it away from warm or cold drafts (open windows or doors). • Check soil moisture daily. • They are grown at temperatures of 60-70 degrees F with a relative high humidity and full sun.
When the soil feels dry to the touch or appears lighter in color, water thoroughly. • Always add enough water so that it drains from the pot. • Do not allow pot to stand in excess water; excess water deprives the roots of oxygen and causes roots to die and eventually rot.
A wilted plant may drop its leaves prematurely. • If wilting does occur, water the plant thoroughly to moisten the soil, then re-water again in 5- 10 minutes. • Water the plant under the Bracts. Do not allow water On the bracts.