Arline Jelly, Clermont Garden Club member, is pictured with the Poinsettia she brought for display at Cooper Memorial Library, for the month of December. Arline and poinsettia

When selecting a poinsettia, bracts should be completely colored, balanced & full, no leaf dropping or wilting, 2 1/2 times taller than the diameter, and check ‘true’ flowers for too much pollen.  Also, the tighter the flower, the fresher the plant.

Inside the house, poinsettia prefer 65 degrees at night, 75-80 degrees during the day, free of drafts, bright light, water when soil is dry to touch mist leaves to add humidity, and do not fertilize during the holiday season.

After the holidays, keep poinsettia dry and do not fertilize.  In the Spring, cut off branches and leave 4-6″ on each branch, use a balanced fertilizer, and keep in a partly shady location.

Each month, a  member of the Clermont Garden Club shares a plant with Cooper Memorial Library to introduce residents of Clermont and surrounding areas to a variety of horticulture, promote interest in Clermont Garden Club, plus promote a love of gardening.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month, at the clubhouse, 849 West Avenue, Clermont, FL 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.

New members and quests are warmly welcomed.

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