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How To Keep Your Poinsettia Looking Brilliant Year Round

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Thursday, 14 December , 2017

With roughly 40 million plants sold annually in the U.S. alone, the poinsettia is practically synonymous with the holiday season. But did you know that San Diego plays a vital role in the development of the poinsettia?

We’ll talk about it in this issue and share tips for how you can keep your poinsettias looking fantastic long after the holidays.

What does San Diego have to do with poinsettias?

Paul Ecke Jr. was actually nicknamed “Mr. Poinsettia” for developing 30 strains of the plant. His father set up the family business on a ranch in Encinitas after finding poinsettias in the Hollywood Hills.

Although the plants are native to Mexico, Paul Eche Sr. sold the plants from roadside stands in the early 1900s. While he would normally sell the mother plants to greenhouses throughout the country, it was Paul Eche Jr. who convinced his father to sell cuttings rather than the mother plants to growers.

After his father died, Ecke transformed the ranch into what would become the largest producer of poinsettias in the U.S. Among his innovations was exposing the plants to X-rays and chemicals that would produce different variations of the plant.

How do I keep my poinsettias looking good after the holidays?

With a little care, you can keep your poinsettias looking strong and healthy throughout the year.

  1. Keep them in an area where the temperature is between 65-75 degrees and where they will be able to gets lots of direct light – at least six hours worth.
  2. Rather than letting your poinsettia to sit in water, let the water drain.
  3. During the winter, continue to water your plant and keep it in a sunny location.
  4. In the spring (March-May), your poinsettia will probably slip into a resting season. This is a good time to prune it back to 6-8 inches tall. Reduce the amount of watering so that it gets completely dry between the watering sessions.
  5. In the summer (May-September), think about moving the plant to a larger pot if the roots appear to need it. After new growth appears, feed your plant every two weeks with an organic fertilizer. You can also place the plant outside during this time but bring it back inside before the temperatures begin to dip again.

For outdoor lighting and landscaping needs in San Diego, call Juniper Landscape Company.

With a little bit of care, your poinsettia can not only keep its brilliance but also thrive.

For expert landscaping and outdoor lighting in San Diego, give us a call here at Juniper Landscape Company.

Our number is 619-334-9464 or you can reach us via email.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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