The Northern hemisphere enjoys vibrantly coloured poinsettias during their chilly Christmas weather, which is when they naturally flower and produce their showy coloured bracts.
Australians can also enjoy beautiful poinsettias during our sweltering summers due to some very clever light control done by plant nurseries. Oasis Horticulture (www.oasishorticulture.com.au) create an artificially short 10 hour day in their special greenhouses, for around 2 months, to convince the poinsettias that it’s no longer summer and they should start flowering!
Oasis not only grow stunning red poinsettias, just perfect for Christmas, but also gorgeous pink and white varieties in their ‘Princettia®’ range. Their snowy ‘Pure White’ Princettia (pictured below) planted into a decorative pot and teamed with festive ribbon makes an impressive Christmas table centrepiece or gift. And the pink
Position potted Princettias in a warm brightly lit room or outdoor entertaining area, protected from harsh direct sunlight. Keep the pot moist and feed each week with Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s a complete plant food that’s boosted with additional flower-promoting potassium.
After the poinsettia ‘flowers’ have faded (the flowers themselves are tiny, the showy colours are actually ‘bracts’), prune the plant back by around 30%. This will help keep the Princettia compact and tidy. You can also repot Princettia into a slightly larger pot or plant it out into the garden in a sheltered spot with well-drained soil.