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Plant of the Week; Pointsettia

3 December 2010
Plant of the Week; Pointsettia



Poinsettias are native to Mexico, where the Aztecs used them in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries both for medicinal purposes and for making Dye. They were first introduced in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, who lent his name to the plant. Over the years the Poinsettias has become synonymous with Christmas and are now available in many different varieties and colours.

They are not the easiest of houseplants and are sensitive to the cold and drafts. Ideally they are kept at temperatures between 14 and 22 degrees and watered sparingly. Put them in a light position, a South facing window is fine this time of the year.