Christmas Poinsettias II / Euphorbia pulcherrima

poinpollyspink (300x287)Euphorbia pulcherrima POLLY’S PINK (Paul Ecke Ranch) – The pointed or sharply tapered bracts of this cultivar are a bright fuchsia pink. These are nicely contrasted by deep green foliage and intermediate bracts that are often a greenish-pink tint. Poinsettias are tropical plants (they originate from Mexico) and as such they resent cold drafts, which will cause leaf drop.

poinvalentine (300x290)Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Valentine’ (syn. ‘NPCWO5102′) (Selecta) – A Christmas Rose or double-type Poinsettia with larger deep red clustered bracts accented with tiny yellow flowers. It bears dark green foliage and can also be used as a seasonal cut flower. The species is named after Joel Poinsett, the United States’ first ambassador to Mexico, who sent plants to the US in 1825.

poinwintersun (300x287)Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Wintersun’ (Selecta) – The oak-shaped bracts are a beautiful clean white which lends itself well to painting or decorating. The dark green leaves are also similarly shaped and the overall growth habit is slightly spreading. If you want your Poinsettias to rebloom next Christmas they will need 10 weeks of 5pm to 8am in a dark closet starting October 1st.

pointitanred (300x292)Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Titan Red’ (Syngenta) – The vase-shaped growth habit of this cultivar makes it very easy to sleeve for transport. ‘Titan Red’ bears medium-sized deep red bracts in abundance which makes for an excellent display of seasonal colour. You can fertilize overwintered Poinsettias starting in May once the new growth appears – use a balanced fertilizer.

poincinnamonstar (286x300)Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Cinnamon Star’ (Syngenta) – An entirely new Poinsettia colour of pale cinnamon brown with some peach and pale pink undertones. This one seems to have been bred with the idea of bridging American Thanksgiving flower sales with those of Christmas. If your overwintered Poinsettia outgrows its container, you can repot it in early June using sterilized soil.

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