Pick of the Month
Poinsettia – a short-day plant so they flower in the winter. Those you get at Christmas time have been kept under black covers to initiate their bracts, which are the flowers. The flowers are actually in the centre. This one is genetically very confused – part is genetically white or cream; part is genetically red with a little bit of cream; and part is very confused. Started out as dark green for a whole year and a summer and it has only now started going coloured. It was re-potted and has grown a lot bigger. Google says that the leaves should fall off when they come into colour. These leaves don’t look too good but that could be the cold winter nights we’ve experienced recently. Being a more tropical plant it should be kept on a patio where there is warmth and protection overnight.