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Monday, March 4, 2013

Poinsettia/ Euphorbia pulcherrima Flowering Plants Tips and Care And Poinsettia Symbolism

 Botanical name Euphorbia pulcherrima , also known by other names, "Christmas flower", "lobster flower" and "mexican flame leaf" ,  poinsettias grow in many colors. Peach, red, white, yellowish off white, golden cream, and as we notice the bright color display during winter months, the poinsetta plants require indirect or morning sunlight and needs protection from direct sunlight to keep the blooms longer.  .
Tiny greenish flowers of Peach color Poinsettia
Growing poinsettias in containers , especially in cold countries people bring them to bloom during festival season of Christmas. Poinsettia flowers in red are an important part in every christmas decorations. The most beautiful showy color is red and here in India we get a small plant of poinsetta beginning from price of 250 Rs. to the larger plants pricing from Rs 500 to 1,000. Cream and off white or a lemony yellow is another beautiful color and the peach one also has a good display.
The Poinsetta plants need hardy soil to bear the weight of the plants with heavy flowers. These are actually colored leaves and in fact the flowers are in the centre , tiny greenish or yellowish in color.
Poinsettia flowers have been symbolized as flowers of purity and peace by Mexican Asians. In America December 12 is celebrated as National Poinsettia Day here. Poinsettias have been named after the former US ambassador to mexico who introduced poinsettia flowers in US, Dr Joel R Poinsett.
Care and Tips for Flowering Poinsettias- The plant can grow from few inches to few feet high. and almost look like trees. In containers we can control the growth by trimming the top shoots after flowering session is over.
In ground the trees grow like wild and flowers may not be visible from the ground level. The most important part here is to protect the plant from drying out and regular watering during flowering season is must.They grow very tall and it becomes difficult to trim, once grown tall, and also not easy as all the main show is on the top.
After trimming give the poinsettia plants time, they will need long time to re bloom as the leaves will come out from trimmed cuttings and they sure do not look so good at such times.Keeping the poinsettia at few feet is best if you wish to see the lovely colorful display standing. Drying out is the main problem faced with poinsettia plants, here,  and the whole plant dries off, while transplanting it is advisable to choose a thick stem which has tiny branches, and plant it in firm soil.water regularly every day till new leaves come out.
 just enjoying cool summer evening
Meanwhile someone just enjoying the cool watered greenery in our society garden,  as the summers are in, and with hot winds blowing during afternoons there sure is need for some cool refreshing breeze, fragrant breeze, with the first new blooms of the season, on mogra plants, tiny buds , hope to get more soon!.
All the Best!
Rizwana Mundewadi's Healing Art

1 comment:

  1. Most people treat the poinsettia (also called Christmas star, Mexican flame leaf, or lobster plant) as an annual, purchasing a new plant at the beginning of the traditional winter flowering period and discarding it at the end.
    Euphorbia Pulcherrima Euphorbiaceae POINSETTIA Plant Care


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