• 77°

Darrell Blackwelder: Making your poinsettia last all holiday season

Poinsettia producers spend almost 5 months producing beautiful holiday plants that provide just a few weeks of enjoyment during the Christmas holidays. Below are tips from poinsettia growers on how to keep your plant looking its best during the holidays.

• Use a box to protect your plant when transporting. Most growers will have plastic sleeves to protect the plant; however sleeved plants often topple over during transit.

• Locate your poinsettia in indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day. If direct sun can’t be avoided, diffuse the light with a shade or sheer curtain.

• Poinsettias last longer in cool — not cold — locations, so maintain the room temperatures between 68-70° F; it’s best not to expose poinsettias to temperatures below 50° F.

• Avoid placing your plants near cold drafts or excessive heat. Placing plants near appliances, televisions, fireplaces or ventilating ducts may cause the plant to wilt.

• Water your plant when the soil media feels dry to the touch. Over-watering quickly kills poinsettias. Do not allow it to sit in standing water. Remove a plant from any decorative container before watering and allow the water to drain completely. Plants with dry soil media drop their flower buds, which are located in the center of the bract.

• Poinsettias are grown as disposable plants and should be tossed after they decline. Those that want to keep them for the next holiday season are often disappointed in their results.

• Poinsettia bracts and foliage are not toxic. However, these plants are ornamentals, intended for ornamental purposes only. The myth of these as poisonous plants has persisted since the early 1900s.

Darrell Blackwelder deblackw@ncsu.edu is the retired horticulture agent and director with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Rowan County.


Ask Us

Ask Us: What happened to work on South Fulton Street home?


Blotter: Woman says she was shot in hand on Lincolnton Road


Rowan Sheriff’s Office charges Salisbury man with operating illegal gambling business


Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on felony drug, breaking and entering charges


Rep. Amber Baker discusses legislative session during Rowan Democrats breakfast meeting


Thousands of locals, out-of-towners gather for a groovy time at annual Hippie Fest


N.C. Zoo ready for expansion if lawmakers OK funding


RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest


Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction


Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured


Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12


Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September


Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers


Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners


Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs


Amy-Lynn Albertson: Arts and Ag Farm Tour set for June 5

High School

High school baseball: Mustangs top Falcons on strength of hurlers


Biz Roundup: Application process now open for Rowan Chamber’s 29th Leadership Rowan class


Keith Mitchell leads McIlroy, Woodland by 2 at Quail Hollow


States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes


Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack


NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line


Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting