Christmas Poinsettias / Euphorbia pulcherrima

poinsparklingpunch (300x295)Euphorbia pulcherrima SPARKLING PUNCH (Paul Ecke Ranch) – A pink version of ‘Ice Punch’ with soft pink bracts accented with central white streaking, with the variegation becoming more intense with age. It has medium to high vigor and was voted best novelty cultivar of 2014. Poinsettias are best placed in bright light with minimal hot or cold drafts and day temperatures of 65-70F.

poinchristmasbeauty (300x293)Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Christmas Beauty Red’ (Selecta) – A strong red poinsettia with a vase-shaped growth habit and rigid stems. The dark green foliage provides a beautiful contrast to the floriferous deep red bracts. Water (tepid temperature) whenever the surface of the soil feels dry and give it enough so that it drains out the bottom, but be sure to remove any excess.

poinwhitestar (300x293)Euphorbia pulcherrima WHITESTAR (Fischer) – Probably one of the best white poinsettias available, as the huge showy bracts are really close to a pure snowy white. These are nicely contrasted by the mid green foliage and it is considered the best variety for painting. When bringing poinsettias home from the nursery make sure they are sleeved to protect them from the cold.

poinjubileejinglebells (299x300)Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Jubilee Jingle Bells’ (Paul Ecke Ranch) – This member of the Jubilee Series features medium red bracts with irregular dark pink spotting. It is more compact than ‘Jubilee Red’ and the bracts are nicely contrasted by the deep green foliage. When choosing a poinsettia pick one that is well-branched with rich green foliage and no fallen leaves.

poindavinci (300x287)Euphorbia pulcherrima DA VINCI (Syngenta) – Unique soft peppermint pink bracts have some irregular red spotting or occasional streaks. The bracts often have a notched holly-like shape and are nicely contrasted by the deep green foliage. Cut back your faded flower or bract stems to 4 to 6″ in length – pruning is best done from February to March.

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