Poinsettia

The poinsettia is a culturally and commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family that is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsetta the first United States Minister to Mexico,who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825.

 Poinsettia are small shrubs typically at a height of about 2ft. The plant bears dark green leaves that are less than 20cms in length. The green leaves change colors through photoperiodism, they require total darkness from 12 hours to a minimum of 5-6 days in a row to change their color. They also require abundant light during the day to get the brightest color form.
The flowers of the poinsettia are unassuming and do not attract pollinators. They are grouped within small yellow structures found in the center of each leaf bunch, and are called cyathia.
The poinsettia are native to Mexico. They are found in the wild in tropical forests and medium elevations in this region. There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias.
Poinsettias are commonly grown as an indoor plant where it prefers good morning sun, then shade in the hotter part of the day. Contrary to popular belief, flowering poinsettia can be kept outside, even during winter, as long as it is kept frost-free.
Selecting Your Poinsettia
The plant you choose should have dark green foliage. Fallen,low or damaged leaves indicate poor handling or fertilization, lack of water or a root disease problem. The colorful flower bracts (red, pink, white or bicolor pink and white) should be in proportion to the plant and pot size. Little or no pollen should be showing oil the actual flowers (those red or green button-like parts in the center of the colorful bracts).
Christmas Care
Be sure the plant is well wrapped when you take it outside on your trip home because exposure to low temperatures for even a short time can injure leaves and bracts. Unwrap the plant as soon as possible because the petioles (stems of the leaves and bracts) can droop and twist if the plant is left wrapped for too long.
For maximum plant life, place your poinsettia near a sunny window or some other well-lighted areas. Do not let any part of the plant touch cold window panes. Poinsettias are tropical plants and are usually grown at temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F in greenhouses, so this temperature range will at home is best for a longer plant life. High temperatures will shorten the life of the bracts. Poinsettias do not tolerate warm or cold drafts so keep them away from radiators, air conditioners, and fans as well as open windows or doors. Place your poinsettia in a cooler room at night (55 to 60 degrees F is ideal) to extend the blooming time.
Examine the soil daily and water only when it feels dry. Always water enough to soak the soil to the bottom of the pot and discard the excess water. If you don’t water enough, the plant will wilt and the lower leaves will droop and eventually fall off. If you water too much the lower leaves will turn yellow and then drop. If you keep your plant for several months, apply a soluble houseplant fertilizer, once or twice a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Trying to keep the plant from year to year is usually disappointing as it is difficult to provide optimum growing conditions. However, you can give it a try, as follows:
In March, gradually reduce watering. Prune hard back once the plant drops its leaves and keep fairly dry.
In early May, increase watering. Re-pot when new shoots start to develop.
Once established, feed weekly with a balanced liquid fertiliser.
As the days shorten, from October 10 to 20, allow the plants to have 12 hours of light each day. For the remaining 12 hours, they need to be kept in darkness at a minimum temperature of 65F (18C). Artificial light is acceptable to supplement daylight.
With this treatment, the red bracts and tiny yellow flowers should be brightening up the winter gloom from December.
Interesting history on Poinsettias
Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southernMexico known as ‘Taxco del Alarcon’ where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them ‘cuetlaxochitl’. The Aztecs had many uses for them including using the flowers (actually special types of leaves known as bracts rather than being flowers) to make a purple dye for clothes and cosmetics and the milky white sap was made into a medicine to treat fevers. (Today we call the sap latex!)
The poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett (that’s why we call them Poinsettia!). He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825. Poinsett had some greenhouses on his plantations in South Carolina, and while visiting the Taco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began growing the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens.
One of the friends he sent plants to was John Barroom of Philadelphia, who gave the plant to his friend, Robert Buist, a plants-man from Pennsylvania. Robert Buist was probably the first person to have sold the poinsettias under their botanical, or latin name, name ‘Euphorbia pulcherrima’ (it means, ‘the most beautiful Euphorbia’). It is thought that they became known as Poinsettia in the mid 1830’s when people found out who had first brought them to America from Mexico.
There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come together, it goes like this:
There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.
‘Pepita’, he said “I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy.”
Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.
The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.
The Poinsettia is also the national emblem of Madagascar.

The Cockscomb Flower

The cockscomb flower is an annual addition to the flower bed, commonly named for the red variety similarly colored to the cock’s comb on a rooster’s head. Cockscomb, Celosia cristata, traditionally grown in the red variety, also blooms in yellow, pink, orange and white.

The cockscomb plant is versatile in height, sometimes remaining as short as a few inches while others grow to a few feet. The irregular growth habits of the cockscomb plant can lead to surprises in the garden. Though an annual flower, growing cockscomb reseeds freely and often supplies a wealth of plants for next year.
The cockscomb flower may also be a fat and spiky little plant, growing in colors other than the vibrant red. This cockscomb is called plume celosia (Celosia plumosa).
The cockscomb plant is useful in garden borders or planted between taller plants in the garden to add a spike of color near ground level.
How to Grow Cockscomb
Learning how to grow cockscomb is an interesting garden chore and can brighten the flower bed with shades of golden yellow, traditional red, peach and purple. Both specimens offer long-lasting flowers for brilliant colors in the garden. They are heat loving and are somewhat drought tolerant.
Full sun locations allow cockscomb Celosia to grow taller. But cockscomb may grow in only partial sun, so it can happily exist when partially shaded by taller plants.
Pinching back the first bloom on these flowers can cause branching and a more abundant display of flowers on each cockscomb plant.
Plant seedlings into rich, well draining soil that has warmed in late spring. Seedlings may be grown indoors or purchased. Those living in warm areas may sow the tiny seeds directly into the flower bed. In areas farther north, make sure the soil has warmed before planting, as letting the cockscomb plant get a chill can cause summer flowering to cease or not happen. Leaving seedlings too long in crowded cell packs may have the same result.
These are used in Floral arrangements at May Flower and we do get these some months of the year and they are extremely rare in India. They are velvety flowers and have a very artificial look and feel but are gorgeous to hold in person. They are more in red and maroon or deep purple variety that are available here. Most of these are the highlights of any floral arrangements and are kept primarily in the center highlighted with lighter color florals. They not not very hardly flowers but they do last for a few days if taken care of properly. Just a bunch of them put in a glass vase with some marbles can give a stunning look and can be used to brighten up anyone’s day. Not alot of our customers have seen these flowers in India and when they do they just love them!

Beautifying Christmas with Flowers

Flowers are the strength of the functions; everyone is present in the function, but, if you do not put the presence of the flowers, then you will not be able to fill the gap that is linked with flowers only. This is the reason; presence of flowers is must to make the event more charming. Christmas is coming; this is an event of happiness, even of prayer, and an event of joining, when everyone is at home to meet with their family friends. Obviously, this is an eagerly awaited occasion, everyone waits for. On these occasions, Vibrant and glowing flowers can fill the moments with the joy; can make the even personified and memorable. On this occasion, flowers come to serve in different ways; flowers are used to express love, to express happiness, to convey a good message, and to ensure that everyone is happy and please.

Flowers Arrangements can be found and customized to suit your taste accessing the services of the qualified florists. So, here you will find the best parts of the services from the florists, who offer the different sorts of services to the florists. No Doubt, Christmas is a day of happiness for everyone, so, you can make use of the gifts to serve it to your beloved ones.

When it comes to find about the flower arrangements, we always take into consideration about the Mexican Poinsettia, which is presumably the most renowned Christmas flower around the world, and you will find these flowers everywhere by the florists shops, and through online shop. Flame Leaf also gathers an importance, when it’s a matter of offering the flowers to the other one; these flowers are the combinations of the Vibrant and Bright flowers, which will make your life joyful by seeing the flowers. Flowers of Holy Night will reflect the flowers as universal flowers. They are considered as a universal symbol for Christmas.

Christmas Cacus is also the combinations of flowers, everyone chooses this combination as most favorable combinations of flowers, and these flowers combinations are selected by most of the people on this Christmas event. Christmas Cacus can be comprised of Pink, Red, holy Green Leaves, Red Berries, and lots of other combinations, and you can also make a good choice among the best parts of the flower combinations. All of these three colors are representation of harmony, love, dedication, affection, peace, goodwill, and loyalty.

Other popular types of Christmas Flowers also include Pink or Red Roses, Christmas Garland, Christmas Trees, Christmas Rose is also known as Winter Rose, you these flowers are the best combinations for you. A Right gift on this memorable occasion can make a difference on the relationship, these flowers combinations can play a very important role in reuniting the relationships, or we can intensify the already existing ones with a valuable gift. When you offer the right gift to your dearest and dearest ones, you can actually do wonders for your dearest ones. An ideal gift on the right moment can make a lot of difference to relationships. You can reunite relations or intensify the already existing ones with a valuable gift. By gifting Christmas flowers you can express your love and affection for your closed ones.

Christmas flowers actually reflect how much valued you are for the one who confers it to you. You can win the love of everyone by offering the flowers with different combinations. So, if you are not offering the right gifts, then you are going to miss the chance of making others one happy. Christmas event is celebrated at a same time in all around the world, that’s the reason; this day is the mostly celebrated day in the world, if compared with the other celebrations. Many non Christians have become the part of the event to celebrate the Christmas due to its increase cultural importance.

Flowers as a Representative of our Feeling

We do every thing with the flowers, we represent the flowers via different ways; we express our feelings in sadness, we express our feelings in happiness. Life comprises of two basics elements, which includes sadness or happiness, and flowers represent us in different ways and convey our hidden emotion through its appearance and its smell. Personalities are sensed with different types of flowers, we declare our fervent expression and passion with two dozens velvety roses and along with this, we choose one over other flowers to fit our moods and expressions. In this way, this is always one of the best options available to say that is impossible to be expressed by the mouth of words. Therefore, flowers are always the best ways to enjoy the best moments of your life.

Different countries call the flowers differently, for example, if we look at the Japan, then it is called as Hanakotoba, and King Charles II brought it to Sweden from Persia in 17th century as Two dozen velvety flowers. We sense the personalities of different flowers and we choose one out of the different numbers, and it fits our mood for occasion.
Language to understand the Flower representations is also called as Floriography, this term was coined in the Victorian region.
Here are some of the types of flowers, which can be used to represent the different tiats and different meanings.
Alstromeria- this is a flower, which was collected in 1753 in Sweden, and today, this flower can be found in rage of colors that includes White, Gold, Orange, and Yellow, Pink to Red, Lavender and Purple. This type of flower represent the devotion and friendship, and this is used to represent the twist of love and friendship.
Amaryllis- This is the flower, we make their associations on the holidays. It began as a shy, so pricing her heart with a Golden arrow. This flower represents the determination, pride, radiant beauty, and romantic behavior.
Anemone- Anemone represents magical fairies, and this flower represents the anticipation, and true love.
Carnations- carnations can be found in different verities and in wide range of colors, while in general, it represents the true love, distinction, and fascination, virtually every color carries a unique and rich association. White Carnation suggests the pure love, fascination, and distinction.  White carnation symbolizes pure love, good luck, admiration, Pink carnations carry the greatest significance, beginning with the believe that they first appeared on earth.
Chrysanthemum- This flower is the representation of happiness for the Japan, and that’s the reason, a festival of happiness” is celebrated every year.
IRIS- This flower represents the faith, valor, and wisdom. This is a Greek flower and represents the national symbol.
Lilies- Lilies are regnant class of flowers, and these flowers are very many popular, White lilies represent Chastity and virtue, pink lilies represent the wealth and prosperity, combination of the lilies represents the devotion and humanity. AS these flowers are also use for funereal ceremonies, these flowers symbolizes the soul of the departed has received resent and relaxation after the death.