How to select and care for a Poinsettia

Photo by Scott Bauer.

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This is a good time of year to pick out a Poinsettia for you or for a friend.  Here’s how to pick out a good one: the center little yellow-green nubs are the flowers (the red “petals” are actually leaves).  These should be closed, they’ll open eventually.  Skip a plant that has curling, yellow, or dead leaves.

Don’t let the plant get cold on the way home and don’t overwater the plant.  Place near a sunny window away from direct heat.  Poinsettias are not poisonous, but they’re also not cat food, so if you have pets at home, you may want to purchase the convincing looking artificial ones.  Check out this video for more tips…

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