Thanksgiving brings us a feast that, for many gardeners and naturalists, signifies the final harvest and close of the growing season. As we draw further away from the growing season and nearer to the winter solstice, many of us turn our focus to bringing light and greenery into our homes. Whether it is candles, twinkling lights, wreaths, garlands, or trees, these holiday traditions span centuries and cross many cultures.
Poinsettias are a symbol of the holidays that have adorned wintertime homes in the US since their rise in popularity almost 200 years ago. These gorgeous plants are native to Mexico and naturally reach full bloom near the holidays, making them a ubiquitous plant of the holiday season. On average, they account for about one quarter of all potted plants sold in the US each year. With all this popularity, it is surprising to me that there are a number of misconceptions or myths surrounding this plant.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many of us are seeking floral gifts to express our affection for family, friends, and significant others. While nothing beats the spectacular blooms and intricate arrangements that cut flowers offer, we all know their lifespan is limited. This year, consider a much longer-lived houseplant as gift that will continue to add lush greenery and even beautiful blooms for years to come.