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Keeping your poinsettia alive

This article was originally published on November 15, 2013 and expired on January 15, 2014. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

URBANA – Poinsettias represent 80 percent of all potted plant sales in the United States during the holiday season, said University of Illinois Extension educator Ron Wolford.

"There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today," Wolford said. "They come in a myriad of colors like red, white, pink and burgundy. Keeping your poinsettias healthy during the holiday season in the dry indoor environments in many homes can be a challenge."

Wolford offers a few tips for keeping poinsettias healthy.

"Research at the Ohio State University has shown that poinsettias are not poisonous," Wolford noted. "Some people are sensitive to the plant's sap, causing skin irritation."

"For pets, the poinsettia sap may cause mild irritation or nausea. It is probably best to keep pets away from the plant, especially puppies and kittens."

For more information on poinsettias, Wolford recommended the University of Illinois Extension website The Poinsettia Pages at www.urbanext.illinois.edu/poinsettia.

News source/writer: Ron Wolford, U of I Extension Educator, Urban Horticulture, 773-233-0476, rwolford@illinois.edu

Source: Ron Wolford, Extension Educator, Horticulture, rwolford@illinois.edu

Pull date: January 15, 2014

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