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Poinsettia 9cm

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Poinsettias will survive as an indoor plant in temperatures between 20-25 degrees Celcius as long as they are placed in a sunny spot in a north-facing position. While flowering, poinsettias require minimal care – just water it occasionally when the soil becomes dry.
Once the plant has finished flowering and the red leaves or "bracts" have fallen off, you'll need togive the plant a hard prune to ensure it retains it bushy (rather than leggy) appearance and to give it the best chance of flowering again. The plant's branches should extend roughly 15 centimetres from the pot's rim after pruning.
It's at this point that you can add slow-release fertiliser, and once the plant begins to grow again you may want to consider relocating it to a larger pot with some good quality potting mix.
  • Only water Poinsettias when the soil feels dry to the touch and to avoid root rot, do not let the pot stand in water.
  • This plant should not be fertilised while flowering.
  • Be sure to wear protective gloves when pruning, as the branches can ooze a white sap that may cause skin irritation.
COMMON NAME Poinsettia, Christmas flower
BOTANICAL NAME Euphorbia pulcherrima
ORIGIN Mexico
HABIT Small branching shrub in a pot; will grow to a leggy shrub up to 4m in the garden.
FEATURES Lush green foliage offset by bright red bracts (modified leaves) in winter. Flowers are small, yellow. In Australia, growers control the growing conditions – especially the light – to induce flowering and red bracts, which are formed when the days shorten. If grown outdoors, the plant will revert to Southern Hemisphere seasons, flowering in winter.
USES A traditional indoor plant gift in the northern hemisphere, where the red bracts add seasonal colour to a room.
BEST CLIMATE/POSITION A protected, sunny spot and preferred temperatures between 20-25C.  Not frost hardy.
PREFERRED SOIL Allow potting mix to dry out between watering. In a garden requires free-draining soil.
CARE Prune after flowering, when red bracts may fall off. Apply a slow-release fertiliser at this stage too. 
PROPAGATION Try striking prunings as cuttings.
POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Prone to root-rot if over-watered. Do not fertilise while flowering.

Wear protective gloves when pruning to avoid contact with the white sap, which can cause skin irritation.