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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

Poinsettia Care
November 29, 2012

Still our most popular Christmas plant, the poinsettia was introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel Robert Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He obtained plants from southern Mexico where they thrived in wild forests. They are cultivated here by the millions in greenhouses all over the country just for the holiday season.

Plants thrive in bright light and high humidity so examining the soil daily is important. When the surface is dry to the touch, water the soil until it runs freely out the drainage hole in the container. If you place your plant in a saucer or container without drainage, discard any water collected so that the plant does not sit in water.

A window facing south, east, or west is preferable to a north facing location and daytime temperatures should be maintained at 65 to 75 degrees. Never allow a part of your poinsettia to touch a cold window pane or injury will occur and avoid exposing your plant to drafts which may cause premature leaf drop.

Enjoy poinsettias and other holiday favorites like Christmas cactus and cyclamen long after the season has ended. It is a process to get a poinsettia to rebloom the following year and an interesting challenge for those interested but often not successful. Not to worry. Waterloo Gardens will continue to carry these classic favorites year after year with many new and exciting cultivars to choose from!

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.