While today’s poinsettias come in a wide array of colorful large bracts, the original plant brought to America from Mexico by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, was a leggy bush with the showy red blooms. The botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima, means “the most beautiful Eu- phorbia”. Now Poinsettias come in a wide array of colors: red, creamy white, pinks, burgundy and variegated with splashes or edging colors. You can celebrate National Poinsettia Day on December 12 by sharing one with family or friends.
Albert Ecke, and his, Paul, first started growing an selling poinsettias as a field crop at their ranch near Hollywood, moving in 1923 to Encinitas. In 1963, they began to switch to greenhouse growing and propaging the newer varieties, however red is still, by far, the most popular.
Contrary to rumors, poinsettias are not toxic/poisonous to people or pets. People allergic to latex may suffer some skin irrita- tion touching the white ‘sap”.
While many of us consider the “flower” to be the brightly colored bracts (actually colored leaves), the true flowers are the small cluster of yellow buds in the center. When choosing your poinsettia, look for tight buds in the center rather than open flowers— your poinsettia will stay fresh and beautiful for a longer time.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT RAIN WATER?
Rainwater contains nitro- gen-bearing molecules which are an important fertilizer
Rainwater is 100% soft
water, free of the salts,
minerals & chemicals found in ground, surface & treated water
Rainwater is slightly acidic, with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5, naturally, which most plants prefer
Rainwater contains some organic matter, such as leaf litter, pollen, bird droppings, etc., which provide nutrients to your plants.
And we always knew rainwater was better!