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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Plants

Good morning,

These are three of the Christmas plants we received this year.  I still have to find a nice pot for the little tree.  I'll just set it in a pretty pot until I can plant it outside.  We had a very nice one that I planted within electric line distance so I could decorate it with lights at this time of the year.  Sadly, we had a severe drought a couple of years later and we were out of the country for several weeks.  Hopefully, this little one will be a good replacement.


I remember seeing giant poinsettia plants used as hedges in Malaga, Spain.  So pretty.  Poinsettias are pretty when we receive them here in the Midwest, but they don't really like to live here.  It takes some extreme measures to keep them looking pretty.  Of course, they are poisonous so have to be kept away from children and pets.  Is anyone else able to keep them alive after Christmas?

All the best,
Lois

PS - Thanks, Jan N Jer, for your comment and for clearing up the poison thing about poinsettias!  After research I find I have been wrong all of these years.  Poinsettias are not poison to humans.  I don't recommend adding them to the Christmas dinner salad, though!   -LAE

11 comments:

VP said...

I didn't know that Poinsettias were somewhere used for hedges!

Jan n Jer said...

Poinsettias do very well outside in Florida also. I tried to keep mine many years ago. You have to give it just the right amount of light and darkness at different times of the year...needless to say,I failed in my attempt. BTW...they are not poisonous either. (From what I have read)
Hope your little tree does well!

Mamabug said...

How pretty they are! It's always nice to have live plants to enjoy.

Montanagirl said...

Poinsettias are pretty and cheerful for Christmas!

Happy Days said...

I kkept a Poinsettia alive for a year and a half one time. Although it was alive, it never looked like when it was delivered. All the leaves fell off and then new one grew back but they never looked like the original. The plant itself was healty looking, but the leaves were not huge, large, but light green and it never flowered. Like you we went on vacation and when we came back it had dried up and died. I forgot to tell the kids to water it. It stayed inside and potted in the same pot - in the summer it was outside...so much for keeping them. I don't think it works well in WV...lol...debbie

Happy Days said...

I kkept a Poinsettia alive for a year and a half one time. Although it was alive, it never looked like when it was delivered. All the leaves fell off and then new one grew back but they never looked like the original. The plant itself was healty looking, but the leaves were not huge, large, but light green and it never flowered. Like you we went on vacation and when we came back it had dried up and died. I forgot to tell the kids to water it. It stayed inside and potted in the same pot - in the summer it was outside...so much for keeping them. I don't think it works well in WV...lol...debbie

TexWisGirl said...

i've never had luck keeping poinsettias alive - or fir trees either. :)

grammie g said...

Hi Lois..A friend of mine has had her varigated pink and white Poinsettia for 3 years!
She said she sets it in a cooler room with light and in summer set it out on her covered porch... bring it in when the weather get colder at night and it is beautiful,and in bloom : ] hope that helps!
I am going to try that myself ???
Good luck...enjoy this last few days before Chritmas day!!
Grace

Marit Johanne said...

Beautiful Christmas plants!

Lost City Denise said...

Happy Holidays Lois!

Years ago I kept a poinsettia alive for years in a downtown office in Tulsa. I couldn't for the life of me tell you HOW I did it - must have been Christmas magic!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice pics.

We believed the same thing about poinsettias being poisonous until I did some research on a post I made a month ago.

So after all this years we have our own poinsettias in our house.