You can choose poinsettias to be the Christmas tree’s focal ‘point’ (pun intended!).These lovely plants boost the scent and beauty of any Christmas or winter scene.
Did you know that poinsettias come in more colors than just ruby red? According to local décor expert Mrs. E. Martin, “There’s pink, plum, peach, yellow, cream and even marbled petal. To really showcase a pink poinsettia, place it (plastic pot and all) into a larger terra-cotta pot that you’ve spray-painted gold. Then display it alongside other gilt accents, such as metallic ornaments (put them right on the soil) and gold-tone pillar candles.
You can also set aside a 4-foot length of ribbon and swirl on a tabletop for a graceful accompaniment to any holiday display.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind when buying one:
Look for dense foliage that goes all the way to the soil line.
What you would consider the ‘flowers’ are actually called the bracts (they’re modified leaves). AVOID buying any bracts that are tinged with green around the edges (this means the plant was shipped too soon and won’t last long).
DO NOT put the poinsettia on top of your TV set (or any heat-generating unit); this will cause the bracts to drop, producing a bald plant. And who wants that?”
Keep poinsettia leaves moist by misting daily. Also keep the soil moist but DO NOT SOAK, or the leaves will drop off prematurely. Avoid overwatering by topping the soil with peat moss or water when the soil feels dry to the touch.
It’s important to keep the poinsettia cool. If you must display it in a small room, turn down the heat or move it to a cool spot at night (like the basement) to add weeks to the lifespan of the blooms.
“Evergreen branches are a quick and inexpensive alternative to traditional wreaths”, adds Mrs. Martin. “Tie a small bunch of evergreen (boughs) branches together with a large red ribbon and hang it on your entry door. If desired, attach a few pine cones and glass balls to your arrangement using florist’s wire. For arranging on a mantel or china cabinet, 24” is the best length for branches. This is also a good length for attaching to a staircase or headboard.
Tuck shorter cuttings into a centerpiece, the tops of Christmas stockings or among items on a shelf or countertop.
You can buy evergreens at a Christmas tree lot-ask for some of their ’scraps.’ Or if you’re a homeowner, you may already have a few right in your own yard!”
To find poinsettias and evergreens locally, try Kohl’s at 383 Boardman-Poland Rd., Pier 1 Imports at 7401Market St. in the Southern Park Mall and Target at 417 Boardman-Poland Rd.