Typical Christmas plants and flowers add color and life to your home in the cold days of winter. But if yours never seem to last once you take them home, you may be treating them badly. "Many plants can thrive for years with proper conditions and care," says Tim Pollak, a florist at the Botanical Garden in Chicago. Next, we tell you how to ensure that your favorites do not end up like the Ghost before Christmas before the holidays arrive.
"Choose plants that have small yellow flowers, called cyathia, in the center of the red leaves, "says Gary Vollmer, product manager and technician at Selecta North America, a breeder of poinsettias. If you choose a plant that is releasing pollen or the yellow flowers have already fallen, it won't hold the holidays .
Cover the poinsettia when you take it home, especially if the temperatures are 5º or less, and do not leave it in the car while running errands. Water only when the earth is dry to the touch. "The safest way to kill them is to rot the root from excess water," says Vollmer. Remove the foil or wrapping paper that surrounds the pot (or make holes) when you buy it to make sure it has no excess water. Water moderately and drain completely in the sink.
KEEP OR SHOOT?
It's in your hands! To promote flowering next year, place it in a window with lots of light after the holidays. After April 1, remove the red leaves (called bracts). Prune as necessary by cutting the tips until the beginning of August. Pay every two weeks with a standard fertilizer. In September, remove it to a room where it has only natural light with absolutely no artificial light after sunset. In early October, put it in your usual classroom and cross your fingers.
"This is one of the toughest Christmas plants and can last for years and years," says Pollak. Different species bloom at different times of the year, including Easter.
Place it in a very bright window. If the flower buds fall before opening it can be due to too high temperatures or too dry a substratum. Water when dry, but don't let the plant drown in water. "They are succulent and the pads become soft if you water too much," says Pollak. Check the earth every 7-10 days.
KEEP OR SHOOT?
Save! To have flowers next year, take the plant outdoors for about three weeks in late summer and early fall, and put it at home before temperatures fall. They hold up well in the same pot so there is no need to transplant them for years. Fertilize monthly between April and October.
These plants own the cold season tolerate temperatures around 5ºC, which is why they are popular in the winter months. They can bloom for more than eight weeks with the right conditions.
Place them in a place not too bright. Avoid warm currents to prolong flowering and the flowers wilt, and remove the yellow leaves by plucking the entire stem near the foliage line. Water at the base, not at the top, putting it on a saucer of water and letting it absorb for 15/20 minutes, then remove the plant. Avoid splashing water on the leaves.
KEEP OR SHOOT?
Outside! It is very difficult to get them to bloom again.
Via: Country Living US