by aditya abhishek
Poinsettia is an alluring houseplant that was first described by Europeans in 1984. Because of its red & green coloured foliage it is widely used in Christmas decorations.
You can easily grow Poinsettia in USDA zones 9 to 11. They love tropical to sub-tropical climate, and grow as annuals in cold temperate climate.
Poinsettia love well drained, loamy soil. You can prepare potting mix with 30% garden soil + 20% cocopeat + 20% river sand + 30% compost.
These plants love to grow under direct bright sunlight. But you can also keep them under bright indirect sunlight.
Apply water whenever top layer of soil becomes dry but avoid waterlogging condition in the pot as it can damage roots.
Do not fertilize poinsettia during its blooming phase. Otherwise you can use two table spoon of tea leaf compost once after every 30 days.
To get heavy blooming, keep poinsettia in dark room for 13 hours daily, then suddenly bring back under sunlight for 8 hours daily during blooming season.
They are moderately poisonous to humans, may cause skin irritation and stomach discomfort, therefore keep them at safe place.
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