Poinsettia Care After Flowers Fade

A cluster of pink Poinsettia flowers, their star-shaped petals gathered in vibrant blooms, stand out against a dark background.

Here are some steps to follow that will help your poinsettia plant become colorful year after year. Late Winter/ Early Spring Poinsettias have long-lasting blooms so their colorful bracts (flowers) remain showy for several months. During this time, side shoots develop below the bracts. To have a well-shaped plant the following year, cut off any … Read more

Is Mistletoe Poisonous?

A close-up photo of a mistletoe sprig with lush green leaves and pearly white berries, suspended from a tree branch.

The old tradition of kissing under the mistletoe has been around for a very long time, and the temptation for a small child or pet to munch one of the pretty red berries is always there. So is mistletoe really poisonous or is it just an old wives tale? The truth is that it really … Read more

How to Get Poinsettias & Christmas Cactus to Bloom

A close-up of a vibrant red poinsettia, its star-shaped bracts bursting forth from a cluster of emerald leaves

Two of everyone’s favorite plants for the Holiday Season are the Poinsettia (Euphorbiaceae pulcherrima) and the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera briggesii or Zygo Cactus)). However, these plants don’t necessarily bloom naturally during the month of December. They are both photoperiodic plants and have to be tricked into flowering at the right time. Poinsettias and Christmas Cactus, … Read more