Can I Use Cut Poinsettia Flowers in Arrangements?

Can I make a flower arrangement using poinsettia flowers I cut off of my Poinsettia Plant?? Thanks, Susan

Hi Susan,

You can certainly use cut poinsettia flowers from your poinsettia plants in cut flower arrangements. There are various theories as to the best way to do it. The desired result is the same: stop the flow of latex sap that seeps out of the cut end of the stem. Here are two suggested methods of treating the flowers so they do well in a cut flower arrangement.

1. Sear the cut ends of the poinsettia stems with a candle

2. Immediately place the cut ends of the poinsettia stems in a bucket of hot water and re-cut the stems while they are in the water. Leave them in the hot water for a few minutes until the latex stops seeping out the cut end then move them to a vase of clean water.

Sap from a isn’t poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched, immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.  More poisonous houseplant information and pictures of common plants that are dangerous to children and pets can be found in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants but it may irritate your skin so always wear gloves when working with cut poinsettia stems.

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