Keep the plant away from cold drafts or from heated air vents or registers. This is a major cause of leaves dropping off.

Poinsettias are sensitive to the cold and will not survive outside.

Fertilize your plant after the blooming season with a balanced all-purpose fertilizer. Do not fertilize a poinsettia when it’s in bloom.

When you’re gathering with friends and family this season, your poinsettia will impress them with its beauty, while you can impress them with the following poinsettia facts (compiled by the University of Illinois Extension Poinsettia Pages, http://urban ext.illinois.edu/poinsettia).

The belief that poinsettias are poisonous is a misconception. A study at Ohio State University showed that a 50-pound child who ate 500 bracts might have a slight tummy ache. However, poinsettias are not intended for human or animal consumption.

A fresh poinsettia is one on which little or no yellow pollen is showing on the flower clusters in the center of the bracts. Plants that have shed their pollen will soon drop their colorful bracts.

To get a poinsettia to reflower, keep it in darkness between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. until color shows on the bracts.—Stephanie E. Ponder

Holiday blooms

ONE OF THE traditional signs of the holiday season is the poinsettia plant. Unlike torn bits of wrapping paper that are put into the recycling bin and decorations that are boxed up for the next year, poinsettias, when taken care of, will last well beyond the holiday season.

Costco’s poinsettia suppliers have the following suggestions for getting the most enjoyment out of your poinsettia.

Place poinsettias in a room where there is bright natural light, but not where there is direct sunlight on the plant.

Do not let the plant touch a cold windowsill. The contact may result in black spots.

What many people think of as vibrant red, pink, yellow or cream-colored flowers are actually bracts, or modified leaves. The bright color of the bracts will remain longer if room temperature does not exceed 71 F. A consistently comfortable temperature is very important for poinsettias. It’s also worth noting that wilted plants tend to lose their bracts sooner.

Keep the soil moist. Avoid overwatering or leaving the plant to sit in standing water. Remove the protective wrap and allow the water to completely drain. This will help prevent the green leaves from dropping or curling.

The Costco Connection While supplies last, most Costco warehouses will carry poinsettias during November and December.

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