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Picking and Caring for Poinsettias

Posted: Saturday, December 11th, 2010 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel

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Poinsettias are available this time of year and picking the right one for you might be difficult. Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist Patrick O’Malley is with the ISU Extension, he says when looking for a poinsettia, you want to get one that has fresh and has bright-colored leaves. He says after you purchase your plant, check it around once a week to see if it needs to be watered. O’Malley says contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous to humans and pets. However, he advises pets still be kept at a safe distance from the flower.