The christmas star

The poinsettia bears his name not only for the festive, red wreath. Although he is able to flower all year round, he is especially fond of giving away during Advent or being put on the windowsill for the holidays. But the signal red of his leaves should be evaluated intuitively correct: The poinsettia is health not entirely safe and should therefore be placed unreachable for children and pets, as long as it is a wild specimen.

His crimson bracts, the so-called bracts, are now also available in other color varieties. So you can make your botanical variety with more variety, if you like the impressive leaf wreath found. In the following article you can read some important information about the correct Christmas star care, so that you can enjoy your beautiful plant for years to come.

Grooming Christmas star

The poinsettia at a glance

  • Origin of the Christmas star
  • Tips for buying and transport
  • The right Christmas starter
  • Make poinsettia bloom
  • The Christmas star as a Christmas present
  • Christmas stars and the country charm
  • Attention: health hazard in wild plants!
  • Useful poinsettia links

Origin of the Christmas star

The poinsettia comes from southern regions.

Christmas star

The striking red bracts of the poinsettia lie directly below the small, greenish-yellowish flowers and are therefore mistakenly mistaken for petals. However, the growth of the red bracts is also dependent on the flowering period.

The poinsettia can be kept in pots and flower pots as a home-growing accessory, but by nature is not a really small plant. He can reach a stately height of up to four meters.

As a member of the family of the milkweed family, the poinsettia in Central and South America is at home here: from Mexico across the Caribbean to Argentina, its roots here, where it is now also found in other tropical and subtropical regions. Even the Aztecs are said to have found favor with the red foliage, but in Europe it was only in the 1950s that it became established as a room and container plant. In addition to the charismatic carmine red, his bracts are also available in the colors white and pink.

Tips for buying and transport

The so-called poinsettia with its decorative, red leaves becomes a Christmas decoration on the windowsill and often blooms to match the holidays. In addition to common garden centers, the ornamental plant is also often sold at Christmas markets, where it is exposed to the cold outside temperatures. If the plant is then in the warm apartment, it can quickly hang the shoots.

Therefore, allow the poinsettia to settle in, in which the plant first stands in the cool cellar and only then in the living room. In addition, it is important to avoid drafts and to protect the plant from the cold during transport with additional newsprint.

The right Christmas starter

In the sun, the leaves fade quickly.

Christmas star

In the targeted Christmas starter care is particularly important that you water the ornamental plant only moderately - usually it is completely sufficient if the soil is only slightly damp. On a Übergießen or waterlogging this plant reacts very sensitive: A yellowing of the leaves can use and also a dying of the poinsettia can not be excluded. If you want to repot the poinsettia in addition, it is advisable to create a drainage layer of small potsherds or expanded clay, which ensures a healthy water removal.

The location of the poinsettia should be bright, but do not turn out too hot: Too much sunlight or too hot heating air damage the plant considerably. Pay attention to the right temperature, especially in the flowering season, whereby the well-being temperature of this plant is between 15 and 22° C. If it gets too warm or too dark, the leaves can turn yellow quickly. And even frost does not do the poinsettia well, so get it in time. In frost-free areas, however, it can be planted year-round in the garden or forecourt.

Tip: Even if the poinsettia as a Mediterranean plant loves the blazing sun: Do not expose it to it immediately, but give it a week of habituation in partial shade. Otherwise, the leaves can be damaged quickly.

Care tips for a healthy poinsettia

A good Christmas star care provides long-lasting joy! If you want to keep the ornamental plant for a long time beyond Christmas, then bring it back to life with the following tricks until the next Advent:

  1. Make sure when buying that the buds of the poinsettia are still closed.
  2. The poinsettia must not have been damaged before purchase. A strong and dense foliage is an important criterion for a healthy plant.
  3. Even plants that are desperately waiting for a buyer in draughty entrances and exits must refrain.
  4. If the poinsettia stands in pots on the balcony or terrace, then it should be brought in time for a drop in temperature. Please note the above mentioned temperature instructions.
  5. Cut down the poinsettia strongly in spring and peat it into fresh, nutrient-rich soil.
  6. From late summer, no fertilization or artificially exposed. However, the light periods must still be bright.

Make poinsettia bloom

Poinsettia with white flowers.

Christmas star

The poinsettia flowers from November to February. Older plants can be brought to bloom quite year round. In addition one must know that the poinsettia blooms only if he gets not more than 12 hours light in the day. By manipulating the light conditions, nurseries also ensure that the plant starts to bloom in time for the first Advent and is therefore particularly suitable as a Christmas accessory or present.

When you set up the poinsettia at home, the duration of the room lighting also plays a decisive role. So be sure to control the flowering time for absolute darkness, such as through special dark foils or opaque buckets. Sunlight can be immitated by special UV lamps from the garden and thus controlled. After a four- to six-week "training phase" you can then record the first flowering sequence.

The Christmas star as a Christmas present

Decorated with gold dust, the poinsettia becomes a present.


Especially for Advent and Christmas is the giving in the foreground and pleases the minds of the people. As a flowering plant in winter, the poinsettia plays an important role. With its star-shaped shape, this plant conveys joy, vitality and zest for life and forms a comforting contrast to the bare trees and gray gardens, which are outside the warm home. Of course, the poinsettia in its classic red is the most popular variant, but the ornamental plant is always welcome, as well as subtle creamy, salmon or rosé colors.

Whatever is needed: Whether the small attention for neighbors and colleagues or the thank you for the Advent celebration, the optimism and the cordiality that the poinsettia knows to spray, always comes very well.
But the poinsettia is not only a gift alone, because it can also be used as a gift decoration. So it works wonders when it is integrated into a gift box or decorates a tastefully decorated gift bag.

(These and other decoration and gift ideas now on

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Poinsettia as a gift

Christmas stars and the country charm

The showy flowers set bright accents.


In the living room, the country style is becoming more and more popular. In an increasingly fast-paced world full of restlessness, stress and hectic pace, the rustic country house furnishing becomes an oasis of relaxation. Whether vintage, cottage or used look, the main thing is the natural colors and the cozy furniture with its beautiful woods.

Especially in winter, the poinsettia can turn out to be the missing puzzle piece in the Christmas country house decor, because its uncomplicated authenticity makes it merge with the rustic style to an optical unity. Paired with other plants, the poinsettia becomes a striking eye-catcher among its peers, and in its tall form attracts attention with its majestic attitude.

The combination possibilities with accessories, natural materials and furniture are so extensive that new forms can be found at Christmas every year, which ensure a pleasant atmosphere.

Attention: health hazard in wild plants!

The poinsettia, in its form as a wild plant, can be poisonous if its milky sap comes into contact with the skin or even is consumed. Skin irritation and poisoning can occur if you encounter a wild specimen and do not exercise the necessary care.

The skin-irritating elements no longer occur according to toxicological studies in the commercial varieties of the poinsettia. Nevertheless, you should be careful and place the plant out of the reach of children. And also animals should be kept away from the poinsettia, since they are more sensitive to irritants than humans.
Official consumer site around the beautiful container plant at Christmas time with many gift ideas, inspiration for Christmas decorations and numerous tips for care. For the undecided, there is even a gift counselor.

Stars for Europe
Official press page for the poinsettia with texts, pictures and further press material. funded by the European Union.

Christmas star on Wikipedia
The world's largest online encyclopedia has all the reusable information about the Poinsettia. Ideal as source of material for presentations and other elaborations.

Poinsettia on Hortipendium
Hortipendium is a great online encyclopedia for the garden area. Of course there is also a generous and above all informative article about the poinsettia.

Poinsettia on
Further information on the rearing and care of the poinsettia can also be found in the home improvement portal

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