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Sending Poinsettias to Long Distance Extended Family

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Poinsettias are a definite Christmas icon and make the perfect gift to send to anyone but even more so long distance extended family. It is hard to get around to see everyone over the holidays but yet when you do not want to leave the long distance relatives and loved ones out the your holiday, sending them poinsettias is a great way to help them feel included.
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Sending holiday flowers through Brant Florist is so easy! With Brant Florist you can be assured that the poinsettias your loved one receives will be gorgeous and healthy and you can be assured that your loved one will have just as gorgeous of a smile when they are delivered. Send your extended family that you cannot embrace this holiday season a gift of poinsettia and feel great knowing you have sent the freshest, most beautiful holiday flowers available.
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Vibrant Poinsettias Hidden Secrets

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As most know, Poinsettias are known to be one of the main favorite Christmas flower but did you know it has a couple hidden secrets that if you were not a flower person you might not know… even some flower people don’t always know the hidden secrets this gorgeous flower holds.
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Here’s is one of the hidden secrets about Poinsettias:
The stalks of the Poinsettias have a milky fluid in them that contains latex. This is typically not harmful however, it is quite bitter tasting so although not poisonous to your pets, they will not enjoy the taste and very possibly get an upset tummy! If you are allergic to latex, you should not handle the plant without gloves.

Another hidden secret that is actually a myth is that the poinsettia is poisonous. The truth is the poinsettia is actually quite harmless to both children and pets. The poinsettia has been tested extensively for toxicity, but all tests come up negative or very low. According to studies done by POISENDEX, the source of poison information for the majority of poison control centers, it a 50 pound child would have to ingest more than 1¼ lbs of poinsettia leaves (about 500 to 600 leaves) to get sick. Now that is a lot of eating and a whole bunch of lack of supervision! The ASPCA’s website list the poinsettia as slightly toxic to dogs and cats, saying it can cause irritation in the stomach and mouth, but does ALSO point out it is generally over-rated in toxicity. However, The American Veterinary Medicine Association of America (AVMA), does not include poinsettias on it’s list of plants that are a threat to animals.

Even though the risks associated with the poinsettia is so low, it is not wise to have this plant within reach of curious pets or little children – not due to toxicity, but do to the safety of the plant. Little hands and pets have a tendency to “play” with these beauties, which can leave them looking rather torn.

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The final hidden although not so much is that the poinsettia has its own special day, yet not many know this. The poinsettia is so popular that December 12th has been made the Official Poinsettia Day! Get your fresh beautiful poinsettias from Brant Florist in time to celebrate such a grand flower event!

December Birth Flower ~ The Poinsettia and Narcissus

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December is a special month as it host two very special flowers as December’s birth flowers – the Poinsettia and the Narcissus.

The Poinsettia equates celebration, success, reassurance, and good cheer when gifted. The Poinsettia is known for its striking red displays at Christmas time and is often used as a floral Christmas decoration because of its festive colors.

Native to southern Mexico and Central America, the Poinsettia is known to reach heights of sixteen feet. They got their name from the first United States Ambassador to Mexico – Joel Roberts Poinsett who introduced the plant in the U.S. in 1825.

The Narcissus equates formality, sweetness, formality, respect, modesty and faithfulness when gifted. During the Victorian Era it is said that gifting Narcissus meant that the receiver was the ‘One and Only”. In Wales, it is traditional to wear a daffodil on Saint David’s Day (March 1st).

Narcissus is the Latin name for a group of hardy bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers. Narcissus is also called the Daffodil. There are several Narcissus species that bloom in the autumn but mostly are spring blooming. They are mostly native to the Mediterranean region, but a few species are found through central Asia to China. Common colors of Narcissus are white, yellow, and orange.

Narcissus and Poinsettia are a couple of the more common flowers used to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve and make for a perfect gift for that December birthday person, or as a holiday gift.

Re-blooming your Poinsettia

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Poinsettia, a beautiful accent for the holidays, definitely adds to the appeal and spirit of Christmas. However, after time takes its toll, your poinsettia can loose its appeal, but with proper care, dedication, and luck, you can re-bloom your poinsettia bring back the appeal and extending its beauty in to later months of the New Year.

By cutting your poinsettia back to approximately 8 inches in height in late march or early April, and then maintain a regular watering schedule, and giving your poinsettia a healthy all purpose fertilizer, by the end of May you should begin to see healthy new growth.

In the Spring, place your poinsettia outside where it can get the healthy nutrients from natural sun while continuing with your regular watering schedule. Fertilize your poinsettia every 2 to 3 weeks during this time. You may need to do a little pruning in Late June, early July to keep your poinsettia bushy but do not prune later than the first of September.

You can transplant your poinsettia the first part of June. Do not choose a container more than 4 inches larger then its current pot. Poinsettia bloom during November and December but can be difficult to get to bloom for the holidays if not cultivated in a very controlled environment. Beginning in October it is imperative that you place your poinsettia in total darkness for 14 hours out of the day and then ensure they get 6 to 8 hours of bright sunlight a day. Night temperatures must range between 60 and 70 degrees. Any alteration of this will result in delayed or halted blooming. That is why for many it is just much easier to let the professionals grow and bloom your holiday poinsettias. They can be very temperamental, and when you are counting on their beauty to accent your home, for many, it is easier just to order poinsettias delivered.

Christmas Flowers and Greenery

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When you think of winter, generally the first thing good you think about is the holidays. After all, it does help those that don’t favor the wintery winds manage to get through it a tad easier. However, when you think about the holidays, you can’t help not think about Christmas Flowers and Greenery. The first thought of many is their Christmas tree, and so starts the decoration to set off your holidays perfectly.

The fresh pine scent of the evergreen Christmas tree is just the beginning the wonderful aromas that begin to fill your home during the holidays. Of course, you cannot have a Christmas tree without the Christmas greenery – wreaths, swags and more, to accent the beauty you have already started to create. They add more of the holiday spirit to your home.

Mantles, tables, and just about anywhere you can think of are accented beautifully with poinsettias. What is Christmas without a poinsettia or two, or three or more for that matter? While waiting for the time to place gifts under the Christmas tree, poinsettias look extravagant encompassing the tree skirt.

Since the 17th century, it has been customary to have mistletoe adorning doorways. It’s a great way to get that Christmas kiss! Holly has been around even longer and gives Christmas that holly jolly feel.

Christmas table centerpieces can add just that perfect finishing touch. Christmas just wouldn’t have the same feel if not for Christmas greenery and flowers.