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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 start wilting before you know it.

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...

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

2 KEEP THEM WARM Poinsettias don't do well sitting in cold vehicles or buildings, or being watered with cold water. Don't place near cold draughts or outside doorways - they prefer warm, light conditions.

3 DON'T OVER-WATER Never allow poinsettias to stand in water. They only require a small amount 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.

5 CHOOSE 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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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Dec 30, 2017
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