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December 5, 2012

PRETTY, PRETTY POINSETTIAS: Prosser poinsettias up for sale



But Johnson said the plants that survived are still in good shape.

“We couldn’t get the temperatures down enough,” Johnson said. “They’re a little shorter than usual, but they’re still nice plants.”



Johnson said lots of people who get poinsettias have trouble caring for them, but said it can be relatively easy to keep the plant alive well past the holidays.

He said people tend to over-water the plants, adding that most plants should be fine with checking the soil for moisture once a week. If there’s moisture, he said there’s no need to water them.

However, he said should poinsettia owners feel the need to water daily, poke holes through the foil and the pot, set it on a saucer and give water an opportunity to drain out. He said not to give the plant more than a quarter or half cup of water a week.

He also said to keep them away from lots of sunlight and heat.

“Basically, the cooler you can keep them, the better,” Johnson said.


Wait! Aren’t those poisonous?

Though poinsettias have an infamous reputation for their toxicity in children and pets, they don’t live up to the lethal rumors.

Bill Hesse, owner and veterinarian at Ridgeview Animal Clinic in New Albany, said while you don’t want your cat to dine on your plants unsupervised, it’s unlikely it will die from eating part of a poinsettia.

He said animals may get sick, vomit, or have an otherwise upset stomach from chewing on a plant, but it will likely survive.

“I wouldn’t allow the animals to eat the plants,” Hesse said. “You wouldn’t want your dog to get sick and things like that. But if you have a pet that’s used to having houseplants around, it’s probably not too much of a risk if you can supervise them well enough.”

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