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Tips For Keeping Christmas Flowers Fresher, Longer!

Keeping Christmas Flowers Fresh

So, you’ve got your beautiful holiday centerpiece, maybe a gorgeous Christmas flower arrangement or a lovely red poinsettia, but now what? With a little extra care, you can keep your holiday flowers all the way to New Years!

For Christmas Arrangements & Centerpieces

  • Christmas FlowersKeep flowers watered. The water level of your arrangement needs to be high enough to cover all stems. If your flowers came in a tray with foam, keep the water topped off.
  • It’s important to add fresh water every day.
  • Carefully remove any wilted or dead leaves from the arrangement. Make sure there is no foliage dipping down into the water.
  • It’s time to change the water if it gets cloudy!
  • When changing water, re-cut stems with a sharp knife at a 45° angle before adding new flowers. This will help them absorb more nutrients.
  • If your florist provided you with floral preservative, use according to directions when changing your flower arrangement’s water.

Caring For Your Poinsettia

Keeping the soil moist, but not soggy, is essential when caring for poinsettias. This can be accomplished by watering it thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch. Make sure the container has drain holes. It is imperative to remove any excess water from the saucer.

Poinsettia Plant CarePoinsettias do best in high humidity with a temperature range of 60 degrees at night and 72 degrees during the day. Avoid exposing poinsettias to temperature swings from cold drafts, heating vents or doorways. Poinsettias need approximately six hours of indirect light. Do not fertilize when the plant is blooming.  – From 2007’s Legend of the Poinsettia

What Causes Poinsettia Problems

  • Temperature swings
  • Over-watering
  • Under-watering
  • Over exposure and lack of light will cause stress to the poinsettia.
  • Stress of any type will cause the bracts to have a shorter life.

Poinsettia care if done properly will keep your plant healthy for a long time.

By following these tips, you can keep your holiday flowers lasting well into the New Year!

FSN’s Bloomin’ Newsletter For December


Christmas Is Here At Last

We couldn’t possibly have a newsletter in December without making it all about the holidays! Here, we have highlighted some of our favorite posts from this month. So keep reading for great Christmas ideas, tips and fun!

FSN’s Favorite Flower Arrangement For December

Fun Christmas Flower ArrangementAt Christmas, All Roads Lead Home — Don’t Forget To Bring Flowers! This Christmas, take home a gorgeous flower arrangement, in a style everyone will love! Whether it’s for mom, the wife, girlfriend, family or friends — everyone is sure to love Seasonal Style. This is our hands-down favorite for this month! It’s unique colors and shiny Christmas ornaments make this a holiday flower arrangement you won’t soon forget!

If you can’t make it home for Christmas, flowers make the perfect gift! Simply call up your hometown, local florist, or use Flower Shop Network’s handy local florist directory to find a local florist. They will create a spectacular design, (this one’s great, but pick your favorite!) and deliver it right on time to the one you love!

Glitz & Glam: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Christmas Decor

Are you tired of the traditional red and green we see every year at this time? You’re not alone. Many people are opting for a more quirky Christmas look. This year, opt for the Glitz & Glam Christmas!

Contemporary Christmas Tree Contemporary Christmas Wreath

For this outrageous look, channel your inner child and go wild and crazy when selecting your Christmas decorations and ornaments. Pick bright and playful contemporary colors like hot pink and electric blue. Use over-sized Christmas ornaments and trendy Christmas tree picks to take your look to the next level (literally).

See more Glitz & Glam Christmas Decor…

Point The Way To Christmas With Beautiful Poinsettias! [Read more…]

Point The Way To Christmas With Beautiful Poinsettias!

christmas-poinsettiaIt’s THAT time of year again.. Hopefully the holidays didn’t sneak up on you too fast. If they did, the fastest way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit is to START DECORATING!

THE BEST Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias are hands-down THE Christmas houseplant. Point yourself towards your holiday florist to find the best selection AND the most varieties of Christmas poinsettias. Poinsettias that come from your local florist are often far better quality and come in a LOT more colors than you would normally find at a department store. Your local florist will know the correct poinsettia care and will be able to help you keep it looking healthy and festive throughout the holiday season.

Don’t forget Christmas at the office!

Easily add a dash of Christmas spirit to your office by bringing in a radiant Christmas poinsettia. Set it on your desk or in the office lobby. Brighten any mood with peeks away from the computer monitor and at your lush, Christmas plant. Poinsettias are great for the office, especially if you don’t have much room to put up traditional Christmas decorations. Who knows, maybe staring at your festive plant will bring on the holiday VACATION a little faster?!

Sending Poinsettias To Grandma

The poinsettia is a fantastic houseplant to send to Grandma, Aunt Lucy, Ex-Uncle Bob or whoever else you have on your extended family’s gift list. You can’t leave them out, but driving all the way to their house is just too much! That’s exactly why poinsettia’s are great gifts! Sending holiday flowers through real local florists is so easy! You can use the local florist directory (here at Flower Shop Network) to find a real florist in the area you wish to send a poinsettia. Then send and feel great knowing you’ve sent the freshest, most beautiful holiday flowers available.

The Poinsettia Is Poisonous Myth

Send Christmas Poinsettias From Your Local FloristThis is a very widespread myth: the poinsettia is poisonous and can harm your children or pets. Believe it or not, the poinsettia is actually quite harmless to both children and pets. No plant has been tested more than the poinsettia for toxicity, but all tests come up negative or very low. POISENDEX, the source of poison information for the majority of poison control centers, says: to get sick a 50-pound child would have to eat more than 1¼ POUNDS of poinsettia leaves… which would be 500 to 600 leaves.

Even so, you should never place a plant on the same level as small kids and pets. Although the plant might not hurt them; they can sure do a number on the plant! The ASPCA’s website does list the poinsettia as slightly toxic to dogs and cats, saying it can cause irritation in the stomach and mouth, but does point out it is generally over-rated in toxicity.However, The American Veterinary Medicine Association of America (AVMA), does not include poinsettias on it’s list of plants that are a threat to animals.

More About Poinsettias

Top Six Reasons To Decorate With Poinsettias This Winter
Christmas Flowers: Gifts, Tips And Decorations
20th Century Poinsettia Trends

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Ask The Expert: Do You Water The Poinsettia From Oct. to Dec.?

Poinsettia Plant Care

Poinsettia Plant Care

Ask The Expert: Do you keep watering the poinsettia during October through Dec. when you are keeping it in the dark?

Flower Shop Network‘s Plant Expert’s Reply: Yes, you do continue watering your poinsettia as normal during those months. Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch. Be careful not to over-water it and don’t allow it to stand in water.

How To Make Poinsettias Re-Bloom

Poinsettia flowering is “photoperiodcally” induced, meaning they flower when the nights are long enough. From October 1st through mid-December, poinsettias must have 12-14 hours of darkness and 10-12 hours of natural light daily. Complete darkness is imperative to blooming. Once the bract begins to show color, continue with normal poinsettia care.

Preparing Poinsettia Christmas Gifts To Bloom For Next Season

As soon as Christmas is over, remove the decorative wrap around your poinsettia for better water drainage. Keeping the soil moist, but not soggy, never leave your poinsettia standing in water. For best results, water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch.

At the very dawn of spring (late February – early March) cut the stems back leaving 4 to 6 inches to stimulate new growth. Continue with the same watering practice used during the holidays and begin to fertilize. Re-potted in late spring or early summer. Select a pot that is 2-3 inches bigger in diameter and has drain holes. Keep moist and in a sunny location. Rotate the pot about once a week for a symmetrically shaped plant. Read section above for how to get your poinsettia to bloom.

For more information check out our Complete Poinsettia Care and Information Newsletter

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Colorful Stars of Christmas: Poinsettias

Poinsettia‘Tis the season for holiday preparations…….cooking, shopping, wrapping, and decorating. One of the traditional favorite symbols of Christmas cheer is available at your local florist right now: the popular Poinsettia plant, with colorful, star-shaped blooms that last well beyond the holiday season.

Poinsettia History

Poinsettias are members of the Euphorbia family, a diverse group of mostly succulent plants which includes the Crown-of-Thorns, the Pencil Cactus, and the Candelabra Trees of Africa. Poinsettias themselves are native to Mexico, where, in 1828, they were discovered growing by Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and who had a strong interest in botany. Poinsett brought plants back to grow in his own greenhouses in South Carolina, propagated them, and eventually shared some with his friends and nurserymen in the area. They were first sold commercially in 1836, and the rest is history. Incidentally, contrary to common mythology, Poinsettias are not poisonous.

Poinsettia Care

It’s interesting to note that the colorful parts of the Poinsettia which we call “flowers” are not really flowers at all. They are actually “bracts”: modified leaves which serve to call attention to the small and insignificant true flowers (the little yellow nubs in the centers). These bracts may stay colorful well into the spring if the Poinsettia is given proper care. The plants will do well if they receive at least 4 to 6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day. Keep the plants warm (above 68 degrees Fahrenheit) and away from drafts or chilly windows. Water the plants when the top inch of the soil is dry to the touch, and never allow them to sit in water. Fertilize every two weeks with a balanced houseplant fertilizer. In the late spring, after danger of frost has passed, Poinsettias may be cut back to around 6 inches from the top of the pot and placed outside in the garden. Repot them into a rich, organic and well-drained soil, and continue fertilizing until the end of summer.

Re-blooming Poinsettias

With a little bit of effort, Poinsettias may be re-bloomed the following year. Before night temperatures fall below 50 degrees, bring the plant back indoors. Maintain regular watering, but discontinue fertilizing. Poinsettias are so-called “short day” plants, meaning that the bloom cycle is initiated only after the night time period of darkness is at least 14 hours long. So, to ensure flowers for Christmas, place plants in a closet, under a box, or in a dark corner of a basement or storage room, from late afternoon until morning, beginning the latter part of September through the first part of November. During this time, the light from even a single bulb at night can interrupt the bloom cycle. By day, keep the plants in their normal warm, sunny location.

Types of Poinsettias

Poinsettias have been extensively hybridized, with new cultivars appearing almost every year, so that today we have a wide range of choices beyond the traditional red or white. For example, “Marblestar” is a variety with large, crisp, pointed bracts which are a deep coral pink with ivory edges. “Jinglebell” has pink flecks on a red background. “Monet” features soft bracts ranging through shades of peach to pink and speckled with burgundy. The “Heirloom” series displays red, pink, or peach bracts atop green foliage with white margins. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen the appearance of “Winter Rose”, a dwarf hybrid with small, dark red, ruffled bracts, and “Plum Pudding” with dainty, amethyst colored blooms.

Your professional florist can provide you with these and other colorful choices, perfect for gift-giving or for brightening up your own home for the holidays. Let a Poinsettia plant be the star of your Christmas decorating scheme!