In many parts of the Western world, particularly in North America, the poinsettia has become the second most traditional Christmas plant after the Christmas tree. The poinsettia is recognizable by its velvet red flowers that burst from evergreen leaves like hearts. Coming from Mexico, where it was also used as a Christmas and Easter plant, the poinsettia was first introduced to America way back in 1825. These days, hundreds of thousands of the plants decorate homes around Christmas. But few people are clear on proper care of their poinsettia, and how trigger sprayers can keep your holiday plant appearing fresh and healthy, not just for the holidays, but year-round.
First, it is not commonly known that poinsettias suffer from getting too much watering. Overwatering drowns the plant. A little water in the soil, and watering the plant by using a trigger sprayer helps with that problem. The pump action of the trigger sprayer, which allows only a limited amount of water out, will protect against the more common method of dumping a glassful of water in the pot and thinking that’s fine.
Moreover, the sprayer allows you to mist the flowers with water. This will not just feed them and keep them hydrated, but will give the flowers and leaves a dewy shine that is both cheerful and attractive. If there is one thing about poinsettias that is true, they are finicky, and the extra care will go a long way in keeping them perked up.
Poinsettias, like many plants, benefit from plant food. Dissolving the plant food into water, then using a trigger sprayer is one way to control the amount of food and water your plant is getting. This is called ‘foliar feeding’ and needs to be done with caution to be sure the plant gets enough water and food without overfeeding it. Its advantage is that the food and water get absorbed directly through the leaves. Just be sure to get it into six or so hours of direct sunlight a day, as some of the nutrients it needs it will get directly from the sun.
Finally, trigger sprayers are great for other indoor plant watering and feeding. There is much less chance of mess with the sprayer than with a bucket or jug. Using trigger sprayers in conjunction with traditional watering methods will leave you with lively, vibrant, and healthy looking indoor plants year-round. Have a look at our All In Packaging webshop to see all the different trigger sprayers we have on offer, and choose the one that’s right for you.
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