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Keeping your poinsettia alive

November 15, 2013

URBANA – Poinsettias represent 80 percent of all potted plant sales in the United States during the holiday season, said University of Illinois Extension educator Ron Wolford.

"There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today," Wolford said. "They come in a myriad of colors like red, white, pink and burgundy. Keeping your poinsettias healthy during the holiday season in the dry indoor environments in many homes can be a challenge."

Wolford offers a few tips for keeping poinsettias healthy.

"Research at the Ohio State University has shown that poinsettias are not poisonous," Wolford noted. "Some people are sensitive to the plant's sap, causing skin irritation."

"For pets, the poinsettia sap may cause mild irritation or nausea. It is probably best to keep pets away from the plant, especially puppies and kittens."

For more information on poinsettias, Wolford recommended the University of Illinois Extension website The Poinsettia Pages at www.urbanext.illinois.edu/poinsettia.

News source/writer: Ron Wolford, U of I Extension Educator, Urban Horticulture, 773-233-0476, rwolford@illinois.edu

Source: Ron Wolford, Extension Educator, Horticulture, rwolford@illinois.edu

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