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5 EXPERT TIPS TO HELP ENSURE YOUR POINSETTIAS LAST BEYOND CHRISTMAS; Want your festive plants to keep going into the New Year? HANNAH STEPHENSON asks the pros for their advice.

Festive poinsettias can look spectacular, but all too often they end up being put in the wrong place - and start wilting before the celebrations have even really started.

Kenneth Freeman, an expert on interior plant welfare and technical director at interior plants specialist Ambius (ambius.co.uk), offers the following tips to help keep your poinsettia perky beyond the festive season...

1 UNWRAP THEM IMMEDIATELY Poinsettias must be unwrapped from their sleeves as soon as you get them indoors.

2 KEEP THEM WARM Poinsettias are indigenous to the warm climate of Mexico and don't do well sitting in cold vehicles or buildings, or being watered with cold water.

In fact, this can substantially reduce their lifespan.

When positioning your poinsettia, don't place them near cold draughts or near to outside doorways - they prefer warm and light conditions.

3 DON'T OVER-WATER While they can consume a lot of water, poinsettias should never be allowed to stand in water. They only require a small amount once every few days.

4 GIVE THEM A PICK-ME-UP While wilted poinsettias may have their lifespan reduced, soaking the rootball with warm water will often cause severely wilted poinsettias to revive.

Revival should occur within one hour, so don't chuck out your plants until you have tried this.

5 CHOOSE YOUR POINSETTIAS WISELY White or pink poinsettias will look better for longer display periods (over three weeks).

Red ones tend to fade in colour if in low light, and after more than three weeks.

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Red poinsettia (above) tend to fade if they're kept in low-light environments Don't give your poinsettia too much water - a small amount once every few days will suffice

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2017
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