Poinsettias are traditional Christmas plants that will last through the Christmas season and beyond. It is important to select the best plant for your home environment. The following are a few selection pointers:
- Choose a plant with dark green foliage down to the soil line.
- Choose bracts (modified leaves) that are completely colored.
- Do not purchase poinsettias with a lot of green around the bract edges.
- Do not choose plants with fallen or yellowed leaves
- The poinsettia should look full, balanced and attractive from all sides
- The plant should be 2 1/2 times taller than the diameter of the container
- Choose plants that are not drooping or wilting.
- Do not purchase plants that are displayed in paper or plastic sleeves. Plants held in sleeves will deteriorate quickly
- Do not purchase plants that have been displayed or crowded close together. Crowding can cause premature bract loss
- Check the plant’s soil. If it’s wet and the plant is wilted, this could be an indication of root rot
- Check undersides of leaves for insects like aphids and whiteflies
- Check the poinsettia’s maturity. Check the true flowers which are located at the base of the colored bracts. If the flowers are green or red-tipped and fresh looking the bloom will "hold" longer than if yellow pollen is covering the flowers
- When you take the poinsettia home, be sure to have it sleeved or covered when outdoor temperatures are below 50°F.