Magazine article Sunset

Decorating with Poinsettias: Pair Them with Colorful Houseplants

Magazine article Sunset

Decorating with Poinsettias: Pair Them with Colorful Houseplants

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They're lovely on their own, but poinsettias can be even better when you combine them with other indoor plants. So toss the foil wrap that adorns their pots and pair them with colorful bromeliads, caladiums, or ivy to dress an entry or tabletop. New poinsettia varieties are available at nurseries and florists; the ones pictured are from Molbak's in Woodinville, Washington. But unnamed varieties in shades of red, salmon pink, or yellow would work just as well. Simple containers are best--plants are the stars here.

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Caring for poinsettias

* Light. Display plants where they'll get plenty of bright, indirect light. Protect from sudden temperature changes and keep away from wood stoves, active fireplaces, and heater vents.

* Water whenever the top half-inch of soil dries out.

* Fertilize. Apply half-strength liquid fertilizer every two weeks.

After the holidays

Poinsettia leaves drop in late winter or early spring. Although the plants are tender perennials, getting them to rebloom takes a strict regimen--14 hours of complete darkness every night and up to 10 hours of day-light every day for 10 weeks (starting in early October). …

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