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Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Pike Nurseries
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Celebrate National Poinsettia Day with Pike Nurseries

(WXIA) -- Poinsettias, often known as The Christmas Flower, are holiday staples. These classic flowering plants add a dazzling, festive flair to any space. Whether they are used on mantels as beautiful displays or on dining tables as stunning centerpieces, florist-quality poinsettias add the perfect holiday touch to home décor.

In honor of National Poinsettia Day on Friday, Dec. 12, the garden experts at Pike Nurseries reveal fun facts and fresh care tips that will keep poinsettias beautiful all season-long!

Poinsettias have become a symbol of the Christmas season. Pike Nurseries offers fast facts to educate and debunk the myths associated with poinsettias.

History Lesson: This Christmas classic is native to Mexico and was first introduced in the United States in 1825.

Myth Buster: Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous. In fact, the average person would need to eat hundreds of poinsettia leaves before developing an intense problem. However, it is not recommended to test this! 

Flower Power: Their color actually comes from the leaves – not the flower! The flower is the small yellow blossom in the center of the colored bracts.

While red remains the most popular poinsettia color, there are ample colors available to choose from. Other varietals, including Red Glitter and Strawberries ‘n Cream, can bring a unique element to traditional holiday decor.

Carousel Dark Red: This variety, unlike any other poinsettia, displays very ruffled, crimped bracts with golden centers.

Marco Polo: This poinsettia stands out with uniquely-colored salmon bracts that are gorgeous in masses or paired with white.

Ice Crystals: As remarkable as the name, ‘Ice Crystals’ bracts are cream down the middle and shimmer into pink.

Princettia Pink: The mid-tone pink poinsettia has smaller bracts, giving this poinsettia more depth.

Red Glitter: This poinsettia’s red bracts have flecks of cream that look like a light dusting of snow.

Strawberries ‘n Cream: This variety is a playful poinsettia with distinct, irregular cream and dark pink colored bracts.

Winter Red Rose: A traditional poinsettia with a new twist, the Winter Red Rose is an upright poinsettia with ruffled red bracts. It’s often referred to as the “flower at the top.”

Pike Nurseries offers easy care tips to help keep these plants fresh and vibrant all season-long. 

Avoid overwatering: Don’t let poinsettias stand in water that collects in a decorative container or wrap. Remove them from any decorative pot cover and water in a sink, allowing the water to drain completely. Use a saucer to capture run-off water.

Prevent foliage loss: Too much or too little water, along with leaving the plant in standing water, can cause leaf drop and wilting. Water only when the soil feels dry.

Maintain the correct temperature: Poinsettias love indoor temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees, which is ideal for a long plant life. Try to keep them away from direct heat sources like vents or drafty areas like an outside door. 

Use abundant light: Poinsettias need abundant, indirect light during the day and twelve hours of darkness at night for their brightest colors to shine. If direct sun hits them through a window, diffuse the light with a shade or sheer curtain.

Recycle: After the holidays, remove the plant from its pot and place in a compost bin or in a recycling bin.

For more information about poinsettias, visit www.pikenursery.com.




Ever committed to its customers’ gardening success, Pike Nurseries takes pride in taking the guesswork out of gardening. Offering superior knowledge, quality and selection in a friendly, caring environment, Pike Nurseries has been an Atlanta icon for over 50 years. Founded in 1958 by Pete Pike, its ability to adapt to market conditions and community needs has made it a respected Southern institution. As Atlanta’s oldest garden chain, Pike Nurseries has 16 retail locations in the Atlanta, GA, Greensboro, GA and Charlotte, NC areas and employs the most certified garden experts. Now led by CEO Mike Kunce, Pike Nurseries looks forward to continued growth as it keeps Georgia and North Carolina beautiful, one landscape at a time.


For more information, please visit Pike Nurseries online at www.pikenursery.com.

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