Walk into almost any store between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you will see rows of beautiful poinsettias. From a distance, the deep red poinsettias look like velvet.
They seem to be calling out, “Yes, I am real! Come touch me!” When purchased within a week of their arrival, any plant that looks nice is probably healthy and will last for weeks beyond Christmas.
However, each passing day presents a challenge for the poinsettia to maintain good health, especially in stores that do not have a regular floral department.(more…)