The Poinsettia is a kind of Mexican origin, super popular, which in its natural habitat can be transformed into a sizeable shrub. It also has oval leaves bright green, although it is much more famous for its rosettes of red flowers, which are fake leaves, which arise at the ends of the branches, surrounding small yellow flowers.
Red bracts are formed when autumn ends, and growers say their heyday will be at Christmas. In case you didn’t know. Also, there are other varieties of Poinsettia bracts with white, pink, and yellow.
Caring for Poinsettias in spring and summer
When wilted red bracts of the Poinsettia, you have the option to dismiss or, encourage them to produce new bracts. For this, cut the plant to its base, leaving approximately 10 cm stem. Keep the humerus compost, taking care that no water remains waterlogged.
Care that the room temperature is normal for a month, and please give them good light but not to give direct sunlight. Then, soak it in water to grow again and put on another pot of equal size with compost-based soil.
Bring it to put in the corner of your house where it can receive bright indirect light and water it every time you perceive that the compost is losing moisture. Do not forget to incorporate a few drops of liquid fertilizer to the water every two weeks during the summer season, and pruning the Euphorbia if growth is too excessive. Keep five stems, at least for the growth of Poinsettias, are strong and compact.
Caring for Poinsettias in autumn and winter
When approaching the fall, you will have to regulate the light-receiving Poinsettia for 14 hours per day, to generate bracts. This means from dusk until dawn. Do this every day for two months.
Then you must put the plant on a site that will give the room where indirect light and the temperature is normal — water the plant lightly and not soaps. When Christmas comes, you probably already have their beautiful red bracts and small creamy yellow flowers.
Do not forget that the Euphorbia may suffer yellowing leaves if you place it in a place where there are drafts or smoke. If this happens, place the plant in a less vulnerable place.
On the other hand, if the red bracts and green leaves fade, probably either by overwatering. Therefore, before watering again, wait for it to dry.
Notably, green aphid usually feeds on the sap of the Poinsettia, causing widespread weakening of the plant and causing yellowing. Combátelo, with insecticide malathion based, or, make use of the insecticide multipurpose calypso, which is resistant to rain and irrigation. This penetrates the ground quickly, distributed by the sap and control pests such as aphids, the cochineal, the butterfly geranium, and so on.