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Christmas is just around the corner, which means people may be looking to introduce a bit of festive greenery into proceedings. Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are one of the most common indoor plants used to deliver a little extra festive cheer in UK homes and businesses. They can be found in most supermarkets and garden centres and often form part of Christmas seasonal displays in offices and retail centres. As well as the traditional bright red plant, different varieties include deep red (almost maroon), cream, pink and white are also available.
Recently, Ambius discovered an appetite for bold colours this Christmas with 40% of 162 office workers that we quizzed during a plant giveaway in July, saying that they planned to have a predominately red colour scheme this year at home. This was a more popular choice than gold (26%), silver (17%) and white (10%), suggesting that a traditional red Poinsettia could be the perfect choice for adding a splash of festive colour.
Poinsettias have a reputation for being short-lived and difficult to maintain, even over the relatively short period they are in our homes or offices. Here are five tips to help your poinsettias look good for longer.
The poinsettia can provide a modest alternative to the Christmas tree but if this doesn’t take your fancy either, then there are other alternatives to choose from. Both the Christmas cactus and Hippeastrum, often erroneously called Amaryllis (a bulbous plant), can be found in most supermarkets and garden centres. If you don’t feel comfortable selecting the right decoration for your office this season, then indoor landscaping and plant experts are always on hand to help you make the right decision for your situation.