Ah, the Poinsettia – where would we be this time of year without those festive red leaves to deck our halls and make our season merry?
So long have they been a part of our culture, it’s little known their history dates back to ancient Aztec times.
It wasn’t until 1828 when Joel Roberts Poinsett, skilled botanist and the first US Ambassador to Mexico, brought them to North America.
First grown by collectors and botanical gardens, it would take another 80 years before the Poinsettia would be available to everyone.
Today, the Poinsettia remains the most popular potted plant sold during the holidays.
To keep fresh, make sure it is wrapped on purchase to protect from cold air. Choose a spot with bright, indirect light for at least six hours a day, and ensure it’s not exposed to drafts from doors or windowpanes or warm air from radiators and air registers.
Poinsettias retain their beauty longest and are happiest between 60-70 degrees, with nighttime temps a little cooler.
Check the soil daily and water when the top begins to dry (definitely don’t let them sit in water if they have a foil pot cover.)
With proper care, your Poinsettia will retain its beauty for weeks, if not months!
Find a festive Poinsettia at Paxson Hill, located at 3265 Comfort Rd., New Hope.
Choose from red, white, and a whole range of eye-catching colors. Christmas cactus, cyclamens, orchids, lavender, amaryllis, and fragrant paper whites fill the greenhouse while we’re busy cutting green trimmings and crafting handmade wreaths and gifts.
For the gardener and plant lover in your life, gift certificates and 2022 season garden passes make an excellent gift!
More info online at www.paxsonhillfarm.com or call 215-297-1010.
PHOTO CAP: Gnomes for adoption. Handcrafted by one of our talented Elves.