Most homes have insufficient light, inconsistent temperatures and tap water containing fluoride — all of which make it nearly impossible have lush foliage during the winter months. However, most tropical houseplants can be sustained and even thrive in these conditions. Houseplants such as devil’s ivy, dieffenbachia, and peace lily do very well with low light and temperatures that are not the ideal 75 to 80 degrees.
This is the time of the year to make tough decisions about what will take up residence in the house and what will succumb to the frost. Though frost will inevitably kill off most of the tender plants that I have cared for all summer, some of these plants can be saved for next year.
This holiday season, buy poinsettias from local growers, and keep them vibrant with a few “don’ts” from a previous poinsettia greenhouse grower.
Millions of poinsettias are bought each year as decoration and gifts. What most consumers do not know is poinsettias have to be grown with a lot of love and attention or they won’t make it to your holiday festivities.