Dandelions’ Poinsettia Project

A year ago – December 2011 – Roseann, one of our designers, put a broken poinsettia stem into a bud-vase of water thinking it would give her a few days of pleasure before it died. Over a year later, surprising us all, this stem has survived…the leaves have faded in color, but it’s still alive! 

So this year Roseann has a new poinsettia stem in a bud vase, next to the old one, and we’ll see how long this one lasts!!

How are the poinsettias you bought this holiday doing? Hopefully, great!! Here’s how you can care for them and get them to re-bloom next season:

1. Keep caring for them as you have been during the holiday (Keeping them away from the cold, in warm rooms, and making sure they get enough water and lots of light.) If the leaves have already shriveled or fallen off, start watering your plant less.

New poinsettia bract2. In March (around the 17th – St. Patrick’s Day), when the bracts (colored leaves) fade, cut the stems back to 8 inches above the soil line.

3. Water your plant less than you’ve been watering it, allowing it to dry out more.

4. Lightly fertilize your plant with a balanced all-purpose plant food every 3-4 weeks.

5. When it warms up outside, place the plant outdoors – first in indirect sunlight, and then direct sunlight. Avoid temperatures under 50 degrees throughout the summer. When the new growth appears, water your plant more frequently.

6. In early July, around the 4th, cut back the new growth on the stems, and re-pot  the plant, if it needs it.

7. In early September, when fall temperatures begin to drop, move your poinsettia plant back inside, but make sure it gets 6 or more hours of direct light.

8. October 1st to December 1st, keep your plant in complete darkness for 14 hours, giving it 10 hours of natural light daily. This will set the buds and cause the bracts to color. Any exposure to light during the dark hours will delay blooming.

9. In  early December, stop fertilizing your poinsettia and start caring for it they way you did during the holiday.

Old and new poinsettiaGood luck on your poinsettia project. Let us know how your plant does. We’ll definitely keep you posted on Roseann’s poinsettia cuttings.

Modern Christmas Fresh Floral Designs

Having fresh flowers during the Christmas season is a wonderful tradition that makes the home feel extra festive. Whether you are buying them for yourself (highly recommended) or as a gift for someone else, here are some of my favorite holiday arrangements.

  silver and white christmas flowers   Christmas flower arrangement

More modern Christmas centerpieces

Although I am a big fan of traditional Christmas decorations, as a florist I love being able to showcase the artistic ability of flowers. You don’t have to be ultra modern yourself to use a Christmas centerpiece that has a little bit more interest & personality than the old standby. These centerpieces below would work in a variety of settings and would be a great conversation starter at the table.

roses, orchids, pinecones

Cream roses add dimension to a centerpiece of white candles and orchids

apples, roses, votive candles, unique centerpiece

Using votive candles elevates the eye and creates interest

non-traditional centerpiece, protea

Tropical protea and green roses make up this non-traditional centerpiece

green apples, centerpiece

Bright green apples are unexpected but make this arrangement pop

roses, beaded wire

A ring of roses is treated with beaded wire for an unusual but cool table decoration

purple flowers, purple centerpiece

A wonderful wreath of flowers makes a fun decoration

 

Decorating Downtown For Christmas

Downtown Eugene Inc. asked Dandelions to help decorate the lightposts downtown for the upcoming holiday season. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and I was eager to help the season arrive. Being pregnant, I can’t do any of the ladder climbing so I enlisted the help of my husband for the project. We are almost finished with the decorating but have certainly enjoyed the flavor of all the downtown residents as we worked in the cold and rain to make the downtown area look festive.