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Put a New Twist on Traditional Poinsettias

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Big, bold flowers in bright colors make poinsettias the most popular holiday plant. Their long bloom time and ease of care are perfect for decorating or gift giving.

And while once your only choices were red or white, poinsettias now come in different colors, sizes and patterns to suit any style.

Bring holiday cheer to your home with poinsettias.

Decorating with Poinsettias:

  1. Slip your poinsettia, pot and all, into a decorative container.
  2. Choose one color and mass along hearth or stairs for a dramatic look.
  3. Cut poinsettia blooms, make a collection in vases and arrange on a mantel or shelf.
  4. Use cut flowers to accent a bow on packages.
  5. Create height by staggering poinsettias on books, empty flower pots or cake stands.
  6. Use mini poinsettias or cut blooms as place setting holders.

Caring for Poinsettias:

  1. Place in a sunny window or bright location. Don’t let leaves or flowers touch cold windowpanes. Avoid drafts of cold or hot air, which can cause leaves to drop.
  2. Water when the soil is dry. A plant that’s too dry will drop its lower leaves, while overwatering causes lower leaves to turn yellow. Do not leave the plant in standing water.


Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous to humans or pets.

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