Poinsettia Pointers

The red flowering poinsettia is by far the most popular flowering potted plant for the Christmas season. White, pink, and variegated white and pink are also available. If properly cared for, you can avoid the drudgery of cleaning up their dropped leaves.

To prolong the beauty and health of poinsettias, proper care is essential. Although poinsettias do not become acclimated to interior settings as well as most foliage plants, it is easy to be successful. First, select a location that receives some sunlight — interior hallways are a poor location. It is also very important to avoid exposing the plant to sudden temperature changes — this would be a problem if the poinsettia was placed near a ventilation system or in a drafty spot near a doorway. Temperatures found in most homes are acceptable. Ideally, provide 70 to 75 degree F. days and 62 to 65 degree F. nights.

Watering is the key to success. NEVER allow the soil-less medium in which the plant is being grown to dry out thoroughly causing the plant to wilt. To avoid this, water DAILY by adding ice cubes to poinsettias. Ice cubes should be evenly distributed DAILY around the surface of the pot in which the plant is growing. The ice cubes melt slowly providing uniform wetting of the planting medium. Since ice cubes are added DAILY, the medium never dries and the plant never experiences a fatal wilt and loss of leaves. Watering with ice cubes also avoids water or mist on the colored bracts and or foliage. Also, adding the small amount of water contained in the ice cube avoids soaking the root system. Letting the poinsettia stand in water for more than 30 minutes to an hour can cause root damage resulting in defoliation and/or plant death.

  • Put 4 ice cubes (64 ml of water) per day per quart-size or 6 1/2-inch pot which is the most common size sold;
  • Put 8 ice cubes (128 ml of water) per day per 8-inch pot;
  • Put 12 ice cubes (192 ml of water) per day per larger, 10-inch pot.

Remember that this watering technique provides supplemental watering only. If the plant wilts or the potting mix in which it is growing feels dry, rehydrate the mix by soaking (floating) the pot in water (kitchen sink, clean toilet, bucket) until the roots are completely saturated – then begin the daily ice cube watering schedule again. Poinsettias are closely related to many desert plants. Their first response to dry conditions is to drop their leaves in order to cut down water loss. Plants should be checked weekly for moisture content of the potting medium, i.e., if moist, then continue the ice cube regiment; if not, water (soak) the roots.

Want more info? Here’s an article that takes all the trowel and error out of growing and caring for poinsettias: https://gardenerspath.com/plants/houseplants/grow-poinsettia/ 

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament Ideas

The holidays are meant to be a time to enjoy precious moments spent with family and friends, but all too often we find ourselves spending too much money to decorate our homes perfectly. The good news is there are plenty of quick and easy ways to make your home festive; a few garlands of evergreens, a colorful wreath in the window, or an arrangement of simple votive candles flickering on the mantel can create an abundance of cheer. You can also create your own Christmas tree ornaments. Personalized ornaments are a great idea if you have a certain specific decorating scheme in mind. Decorate ornaments with paint, glitter, or ribbons and sequins.

Here are our top 10 easy-to-make DIY Christmas tree ornament ideas in no particular order:

Mini Sleds
Oh, what fun it is to ride on these cute, little popsicle sleighs!

Get the tutorial at Clean and Scentsible.

Mini Snow Globes
For these winter wonderland globes, you’ll need plastic old-fashioned light bulb ornaments, white glitter, mini bottle brush trees, red and white striped baker’s twine, and a hot glue gun.

Get the tutorial at No Biggie.

10-Minute Photo Keepsake Ornaments
Make your favorite holiday memories last a lifetime with these quick personalized ornaments. Grab your photos, cut them into circles, and apply to wood slices using Mod Podge.

Get the tutorial at Simple As That.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament
Making (and then hanging) these adorable felt trees is an easy craft for the whole family.

Get the tutorial at This Heart of Mine.

Rustic Boho Twig Arrows
Take a more bohemian approach with your ornaments by making arrows with twigs, feathers, and wooden beads.

Get the tutorial at Thoughts From Alice.

Scrabble Tile Ornament
Add the title of your favorite Christmas tune to your tree by using Scrabble tiles.

Get a tutorial at Crafts by Amanda or at mostcraft

Red Nose Reindeer Ornament
Use two-and-a-half wine corks and a little bit of fabric scrap to create a miniature Rudolph.

Get the tutorial at The Homeless Finch.

French Macaroon Ornament
Give your tree a French twist by adding these colorful sweets! These faux macaroon ornaments can be made using either polymer clay or fondant.

Vintage Map Ornament
Recycle your old paper maps by turning them into ornaments! Simply follow this blogger’s surprisingly easy folding technique, then loop with a ribbon to finish.

Get the tutorial at Chic California.

Upgrade a Plain Glass Ornament
At around a dollar each, these empty orbs offer an affordable catalyst for creativity. Fill one with small wooden chips, another with a single each, these empty orbs offer an affordable catalyst for creativity. Fill one with small wooden chips, another with a single stunning peacock feather (attached to the ornament’s top with hot glue). Or compose a more obvious Christmas scene by dropping a model fir tree into a globe dusted with artificial snow. You can also use tweezers to position branches inside and even hot-glue a tiny cardinal in place.

Create a new keepsake with these easy-to-make ornament ideas. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Bronson Design Studio!

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