Caring for your holiday Poinsettia

Photo used under Creative Commons from SusanReimer

A beautiful poinsettia plant is a wonderful addition to the home to decorate for Christmas. Whether you purchased one for yourself or have received one as a gift, questions often arise about how to best care for it. Poinsettias come primarily in red but are also available in white, pink and peppermint.

Here are some tips for keeping your poinsettia in top shape throughout the season:

Water: Check the soil daily and water if the soil is dry to the touch. If your poinsettia has been placed in a decorative pot or basket take the plant (still in its plastic container) and water over the sink allowing the water to drain out of the holes in the bottom. Then place the plant back in its pot or basket making sure the plant doesn’t sit in water.

Photo used by Creative Commons from ewen and donabel

Light: Lots of light are ideal for these tropical plants. South, west or east facing windows are preferable over a north facing window. Don’t let the poinsettia actually touch the window, however, as the cold pane will damage the plant.

Temperature: Poinsettias enjoy a consistent temperature of 65-70 degrees during daylight hours. Avoid placing the plant in areas that are exposed to hot or cool drafts (near a heater or door). At night, move the plant to a cooler location but not below 60 degrees.

Problems:

Wilting: A poinsettia without enough water will begin to droop. Give the plant a good soak and allow the water to fully drain out the bottom.

Leaf Drop: Although this is a natural process of the plant, premature leaf drop can be a sign that the plant is exposed to hot or cool drafts. Check its location and the temperature where it is placed.

Traditional Christmas Centerpieces

There are lots of different options when it comes to decorating your table for the holidays. I’ll talk about modern and unique holiday centerpieces in a future blog but these centerpieces are great traditional choices. The wonderful thing about winter greens is that they last a very long time (remember to keep them away from heat, though). After your flowers fade, you can remove them and continue to enjoy a festive table decoration

A pillar candle centerpiece is very traditional (many have 2 pillars of different heights)

White oriental lilies are fragrant and add a pop of pure white to brighten the table

This is our best selling centerpiece- it is elegant and minimal flowers means it is long lasting

Flower Astrology: Sagittaurius Horoscope Nov 23 – Dec 21

Zodiac Sign: The centaur – the horse-and-man symbol for the Sagittarius zodiac sign – represents a combination of powerful intellect teamed with physical strength and energy. Strong, independent spirits and full of energy, Sagittarians are naturally open-minded and thirst for new ways of thinking, craving travel and exploration. Ambitious and optimistic, a Sagittarian’s hopes are not easily dashed, and perhaps because of this, they tend to find much luck in life.

Birth Sign Flower: Capture the Sagittarian’s multi-dimensional personality with carnations – an equally multi-dimensional flower. Associated with a myriad of symbolism – from love to fascination, distinction to luck (when white), carnations aptly reflect this fire sign’s passionate nature, hunger for adventure, intellect and good fortune. And, as a flower known for its inherently long-lasting nature, carnations personify the Sagittarian’s strength and endurance.

Christmas Centerpiece Class

Spend an evening with Julianne and Jodie creating your own holiday centerpiece! Using fresh Oregon greenery, you will learn technique on how to properly place and insert your greens, bows, candles and decorations for a long-lasting Christmas centerpiece.

Our last class filled up very fast so make sure you call & register now. 541.485.1261. All supplies and & materials are included in the cost of the class as well as light refreshments. Additional items will be available to purchase during the class if you want to make your centerpiece even more spectacular. So call your girlfriends, mothers or daughters and sign up for a fun evening together!

Click here for online registration.

Florist Shirley Lyons is Woman Business Leader of the Year

Here at Dandelions we are so proud that owner, Shirley Lyons, was just named the Woman Business Leader of the Year for 2011 by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.  At a luncheon on Wednesday, attended by well over 200 people, Shirley and the other 2 finalists for the award were honored for their service to the community. Read the full Register Guard article here.

Shirley’s long-term commitment to both her industry and her community are inspiring to all who know her. She started Dandelions from a small booth at the then-just-emerging Saturday Market in 1974 and has built it into one of the top 10% florists in the United States. Thank you, Eugene Chamber of Commerce, for recognizing the hard work and dedication Shirley has shown.

Food Drive to benefit Food For Lane County

Dandelions is hosting a food drive to support Food For Lane County November 1-15th, 2011.

Bring in 3-5 cans of food or other nonperishable food item to Dandelions and receive a $5 OFF coupon AND enter our drawing for a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece!

We’re at 1710 Chambers St. Eugene ,OR 97402. Click here to see a map