Western Mountains and High Plains
Paul Ecke Ranch Poinsettias
To learn about the world of poinsettias and the newest introductions, visit the Paul Ecke Ranch Web site. This company in Encinitas, California, is known worldwide for its poinsettia introductions. Their site has tips on care of poinsettias and how to make them last beyond the holiday season.
Favorite or New Plant
A Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) does not thrive in the high temperatures and dry air preferred by other cacti. It does best with cool temperatures of 60 degrees F., and it sets flower buds if it is subjected to short days and cool temperatures beginning the first part of September. If temperatures are too warm and light levels too low when the plant is induced to set flower buds, the buds will fall off.
Set the plant in your brightest window, keep the temperature about 60 degrees at night, keep the growing mix uniformly moist, and fertilize every three weeks during active growth. You will be rewarded with a mass of colorful blooms.