you want to bring your garden alive with dazzling
red in winter, then you can't go past the magnificent
Poinsettias are marvellous plants with magnificent
bright red displays that last all through winter.
It is actually the Poinsettia bracts that produce
the marvellous red displays. The flowers are rather
smaller than the bracts and look insignificant in
comparison. This is much the same as Bougainvilleas.
For Poinsettias to truly put on their wonderful
display, they need a bright sunny position and a
rich garden soil. When planting, they will need
sufficient room to spread as they can grow to about
When planting, for excellent growth they love a
rich organic garden soil. Dig a hole and fill with
Searles® Garden Soil Mix, or you can mix some existing
soil into it.
Poinsettias like a moderate amount of water, so
once to twice a week would be enough. As with all
plants, they will require more watering during hot
and dry weather, and less in the cooler months.
Whenever watering, be sure to give them a good deep
What Poinsettias really love is potash. Potash is
the trick to their wonderful red displays. The best
way to treat Poinsettias to potash is by using Searles®
Liquid Potash, every 2-3 weeks. Do this before they
flower. Poinsettia flowering is usually during winter.
Their flowering is triggered by shorter days, so
a good time to start fertilising with Liquid potash
is during early autumn right up to winter. This
will ensure marvellous red displays.
Spring, summer and autumn, give them a fertilising
with Kickalong® Organic Complete Garden and be sure to
water it in straight away. This will help maintain
good robust growth.
After they have finished flowering, prune them back
and keep the water up to them. You will be rewarded
with their brilliant red displays every winter.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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