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Question: How to store the Christmas star

My Poinsettia, kept indoors by the window and wet enough to keep the soil moist, is rapidly losing leaves and bracts. What should I do to make it last long? Thank you.

Annamaria Tagliabue.


Answer: Christmas star

Dear Ms. Annamaria Tagliabue,

Thank you for contacting us about the problem affecting your Christmas star.

These plants belong to the Euphorbiaceae family, which includes a large number of species characterized by the milky sap of the biamcastra.

Within this species, the sub-breed defined as the Christmas star which has a flowering (in reality they are transformed leaves) of red to crimson color, is of Mexican origin and has a biennial vitality.

They have deciduous leaves or in their optimal climate they lose and the leaves at the beginning of vegetative rest and then reformal in the following cycle.

Given this, the event you reported of rapid leaf fall in this period corresponding to the post-flowering is abnormal and one of the main causes is precisely that of difficult acclimatization or re-acclimatization from the production greenhouse to urban housing.

So to recover the vitality of your plant we recommend the main standards of greenhouse cultivation which are: high lighting, temperatures of 16-18 ° C moderate watering in winter and in any case medium-low in spring-summer (does not tolerate humidity excessive).

Fertilization is equally important precisely to resume the environmental recovery mentioned above.

For this last problem there is an optimal resolution consisting of fertilizer

Yours sincerely.

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