How to make a poinsettia christmas tree


Poinsettia and ribbon Christmas tree

No doubt about it: the holiday season is almost upon us! If you are on the lookout for how to decorate a show-stopping Christmas tree this year, I’ve teamed up today with Michaels and the Michaels Makers to share my glamorous Poinsettia and Ribbon Christmas tree, which is decorated to the nines and abounding with beautiful color and texture. The layering technique used to create this tree looks like it would be very difficult to do, but I’m going to show you today that it really is as easy as can be. (Truly!) Read on for all of the details.

Today’s post is brought to you by Michaels. All opinions are entirely my own.

At the heart of this tree is a foundation of cascading ribbon of three different varieties: gold iridescent mesh, sparkling glitter organza, and glitter printed burlap. I opted to use these three different types of ribbon because each one imparts a different texture and feel to the tree, which adds tons of great dimension.

Covering an artificial tree like this one with ribbon really is so simple to do. I recommend beginning with the mesh ribbon, and then adding the organza and finally the burlap.

Starting at the top of the tree, gather one end of the mesh ribbon and twist two branches around the gather. Then, measure 10-12 inches down, and use your hand to gather the ribbon, as shown. Gently press the ribbon section upward to create a tuft and then affix it to the tree with two twisted branches as you did before. Continue working down to the base of the tree in this same manner. When you reach the bottom of the tree, trim the ribbon and affix the end to the tree with two twisted branches. Then, return to the top of the tree, and create another column of ribbon in the same manner. My 7-foot tree required 2 entire 10-yard rolls of 21-inch mesh to create 5 cascading columns.

Once the mesh ribbon is affixed, create cascading columns of the organza ribbon in exactly the same fashion (twist, gather, tuft, twist), affixing these columns in between the mesh ribbon, as shown. My tree required almost 3 entire 10-yard rolls of the 6-inch ribbon for this step.

With the base layer of mesh and organza in place, it’s time to add the burlap ribbon. Starting at the top of the tree, work downward and from side to side to zig-zag the ribbon toward the bottom of the tree, affixing it with twisted branches as you work. When you reach the bottom of the tree, start again at the top and create another zig-zag of ribbon in the same fashion. This layer of ribbon should overlap the mesh and organza layers to give the tree some great dimension.

When the ribbon has all been layered onto the tree, it is time to add tons of personality with poinsettias, picks, sprays and ornaments!

My tree features an array of red poinsettia bushes, which I tucked into the tree branches. I then added some antler, greenery and berry sprays, as well as an assortment of pretty galvanized metal and wooden ornaments along with glass ball ornaments in red, white and green.

I created a tree topper with some ribbon bows, as well as gold feather and leaf picks and sprays, cascading white berry sprays and a red poinsettia bush.

Instead of a typical tree skirt, I opted to draw in an unexpected pop of white and black by creating a tree container using a felt storage basket.

To do so, I cut out the bottom of the basket, and then created a slit at each corner for each of the four legs of the tree stand.

I love the overall look created with the cascades of different ribbon, along with the bright pops of red from the poinsettias and the shimmer of the different gold and silver tones!

Curious about my stockings pictures above? Be sure to check out the tutorial for my Classic Cuffed Christmas Stockings.  While you’re at it, be sure to check out the how-to for my Gold Fringed Topiaries, too.

Inspired to start decorating your own tree? From now until November 14, you can get FREE shipping on all Christmas trees that are 6ft or taller on Michaels.com! If you’re just getting started on your holiday decor, you can also check out some of the ornament projects and tutorials available on Michaels.com. And, if you want even more gorgeous tree inspiration, be sure to check out the wonderful tree created by my fellow Makers. (There is so much eye candy here!)

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These plants are native to Central America and live in the wild on high ground along the Pacific coast. The Christmas star was first described in 1834 by the German scientist Johann Kloshz (1), who also gave it a Latin name - in honor of the botanist Joel Poinsett, who was the first American ambassador to Mexico. But you, in Russian botanical literature, this flower has a more prosaic name - the most beautiful spurge (Euphorbia pulcherrima). Yes, yes, poinsettia belongs to the genus Euphorbia and is a member of the Euphorbiaceae family (Euphorbiaceae).

In nature, poinsettias reach a height of 3 m, but in culture they are much more modest, and modern varieties are completely undersized - no higher than 30 cm. They bloom from December to February, the peak of their decorative effect falls on the main winter holidays - hence the name "Christmas star". In Europe and America, this flower is a symbol of Christmas, and about 60 million potted poinsettias are sold around the world every year on the eve of the holiday. By the way, the main supplier of these plants is not Holland, as many people think, but the USA - they provide 50% of the world market.

The most interesting thing is that poinsettias are sold only at the time of flowering, but the flowers themselves are of no interest - they are small and inconspicuous. But the plant has come up with a trick - when the buds appear, the upper bracts turn bright red, which attracts pollinating insects. It is these leaves that give the Christmas star its unique look.

Varieties of the Christmas star flower

There are not so many varieties of the Christmas star, but their number is growing from year to year. They differ mainly in the color of the upper leaves. The very first - Red Star - introduced in 1919 (2). And now the following varieties are most popular:

  • Carousel Pink - with pale pink bracts, which have green veins;
  • Da Vinci - delicate pinkish variety with red patches;
  • Jester Red has bright red leaves with dark veins;
  • Jingle Bells - with red upper leaves, on which there are white patches, similar to snow flakes;
  • Marble - with cream bracts and heart-shaped pink-red inflorescence (3);
  • Premium Miro - with white-pink bracts;
  • Premium Red - classic variety with red leaves at the top;
  • Strawberry and cream is a very unusual cultivar with pink-purple leaves with a heavily cut white edge;
  • Winter Rose White - with white bracts that are slightly compressed and resemble rosebuds.
Carousel Pink. Photo: wikipedia.orgJingle Bells variety. Photo: wikipedia.org Da Vinci variety. Photo: wikipedia.orgJester Red variety. Photo: wikipedia.orgPremium Miro variety. Photo: wikipedia.org

Caring for a Christmas star flower at home

You probably see these luxurious flowers at your friends' homes for the New Year holidays. However, in spring or summer you will not find them on the windowsills. Why? Yes, because poinsettias are very whimsical plants. Pleasing them is an art! Not even every greenhouse undertakes to add their collection. By the way, in America and Europe, the Christmas star is considered a disposable plant: they treat it the same way as with bouquets - they admired it on holidays and threw it away.

But if you still decide to fight to the victory, then take into account all the whims of this flower.

Important! Christmas star juice is poisonous! If it is accidentally licked by an animal or child, it can cause poisoning - vomiting, diarrhea, severe irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, and even contact dermatitis. Therefore, you need to transplant and propagate the plant only with gloves. Also, the flower can cause allergies in people who react to plant pollen.

Soil

Poinsettia likes slightly acidic soil (pH - 6 - 6.5), so high-moor peat should be added to the soil. There are 2 varieties of soil mixes (2) that are used to grow the Christmas star:

  • peat or compost, leafy soil, soddy soil, crushed pine bark and sand in a ratio of 1:1:1:1:1;
  • peat, soddy soil, humus and sand in the ratio 1:1:1:1.

Temperature

The Christmas star does not like cold and heat, it needs a temperature no higher than 20 °C. During the flowering period, it should not fall below 17 ° C. During the dormant period, which, unlike other flowers, the poinsettia occurs from March to October, you can remove it to a cool, shady place where the temperature will be at least 12 ° C.

Poinsettia does not tolerate drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations, so always remove the flower from the windowsill when airing.

Lighting

The Christmas star loves plenty of sun during its flowering period. And this is the main problem, because from December to February in the middle lane there are the shortest days and there is a catastrophic lack of light for the plant. Therefore, if you are going to save the plant, you will have to illuminate it with fitolamps - they must be turned on by 8 - 9hours per day. But in the summer, poinsettias, on the contrary, need to be shaded from the scorching sun (3).

In order for the poinsettia to bloom, it is important that the daylight hours be no more than 8 hours - if it is 12 hours, the buds will not be laid, and beautiful colored leaves will not appear.

Humidity

In winter, poinsettias need to be watered frequently, about 2-3 times a week, but it is important not to overwater - the flower does not like excess moisture. Let the top layer of soil dry out a little between waterings. In the summer, in the heat, you need to water abundantly, because the peat-based soil dries out very quickly.

Poinsettia leaves need constant moisture. Photo: wikipedia.org

Water must be warm, at least room temperature, and certainly not from the tap. Water the poinsettia under the root. But the leaves also need constant moisture, otherwise they may lose color. Therefore, it is necessary to spray the flower, especially in winter, often.

Fertilizers and top dressings

The vast majority of indoor plants are fed from March to September, but the opposite is true for poinsettia - the active period is simple and it blooms in the winter, so it needs to be fertilized from November to March every 2 weeks. Any liquid complex fertilizer will do.

In the summer, during the dormant period, fertilizers are also needed, but they are rarely given - about once every 1.5 months.

Pruning

In March, the poinsettia usually fades and a dormant period sets in - at this time the flower should be cut off about 1/3, leaving 10 centimeters above the ground. After pruning, the plant should be removed to the shade and not watered until May (3).

At the beginning of May, the Christmas star should be transplanted into a new pot and well watered. When new shoots appear, you need to leave 4 - 5 of the strongest, and cut the rest.

Propagation of Christmas star flower at home

Poinsettia is propagated by top cuttings - shoots left after pruning in May are suitable. However, rooting them is not so easy.

Cuttings cut with 4-5 leaves. The lower ones are removed, leaving only the 2 upper ones. After that, they are placed for 30 minutes in warm (30 - 40 ° C) water so that milky juice comes out of them. After that, the cuttings are powdered with a root formation stimulator (Heterauxin or Kornevin) and planted in pots, in loose, moisture-intensive soil. The ideal option for rooting is a mixture of peat and sand in a 1: 1 ratio (2).

Cuttings are buried in the soil by 1.5 - 2 cm, no more - when planted deep, they begin to rot. Pots with cuttings should be kept in a warm room (20 - 25 ° C) with moderate lighting. It is also important that the soil temperature is about 20 ° C, so do not put the pots on the windowsill if it blows from the window.

After 10-15 days, callus forms on the poinsettia cuttings, roots appear on the 20th day, and after 25-30 days the cuttings are fully rooted (2) and can be transplanted into larger hills.

There are not so many varieties of a Christmas star. Photo: wikipedia.org

Christmas star flower transplant at home

Poinsettia is transplanted in early May, after its dormant period is over. The new pot should be slightly larger in diameter than the old one - about 2 cm.

Leaf edges turn yellow and dry. The reason is dry air.

Poinsettias need to be sprayed frequently to avoid problems.

Leaves wither. There may be opposite reasons - insufficient watering or, conversely, excessive soil moisture, especially if the plant is standing on a cold windowsill.

Correct watering will help solve the problem.

Christmas star flower pests

Poinsettia is susceptible to pest attacks and it is important to detect them in time so that the plant does not die.

Spider mite. If the infection is small, it can be recognized by numerous whitish dots on the leaves. If there are a lot of pests, the leaves turn yellow and fall off, the plants are covered with cobwebs.

You can get rid of spider mites with the help of Kleshchevit (4).

Mealybug. The main signs of this pest are white lumps on the leaves, similar to cotton wool, and sticky honeydew.

To combat this pest, Fitoverm or Actellik preparations are used (4).

Thrips. Signs of damage can be found on the leaves - they are covered with oblong spots and curled.

Actara will help in the fight against thrips (4).

Popular Questions and Answers

We talked with agronomist-breeder Svetlana Mikhailova about the choice of poinsettia and problems in growing this plant.

How to choose a Christmas star flower?

In the store, pay attention to the appearance of the plant: the leaves should be lush and completely cover the shoots. Bracts - bright, without green blotches (unless these blotches are varietal features). Green spots on colored leaves are a sign of poor care.

Why do the leaves of the Christmas star flower fall off?

As a rule, they fall off for 3 reasons:

the plant has been overwatered;
· it stands in a draft;
· it lacks light.

Why doesn't the Christmas star bloom?

There can be many reasons, but if you summarize them, the poinsettia was not properly cared for. To achieve flowering, you need to carefully follow all the recommendations for growing.

Sources

  1. Klotzsch, J. F. Beschreibung zweier neuen Euphorbien aus Mexico // Allgemeine Gartenzeitung magazin. - 1834, Bd. 2. – S. 27.
  2. Visyashcheva L.V., Sokolova T.A. Industrial floriculture. Textbook for technical schools // M.: Agropromizdat, 1991 - 368 p.
  3. Dr. Hession D.G. All about indoor plants // M .: Kladez-Buks, 2002 - 256 p.
  4. State catalog of pesticides and agrochemicals approved for use on the territory of the Russian Federation as of July 6, 2021 // Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation https://mcx.gov.ru/ministry/departments/departament-rastenievodstva-mekhanizatsii- khimizatsii-i-zashchity-rasteniy/industry-information/info-gosudarstvennaya-usluga-po-gosudarstvennoy-registratsii-pestitsidov-i-agrokhimikatov/

New Year's flower poinsettia. How to use poinsettia in decoration

There are very few house plants that delight others with their flowering on cold winter days: Decembrist, some types of violets, Chinese rose and, perhaps, the most beautiful and luxurious New Year's flower - the most beautiful poinsettia, or star of Bethlehem .

It is on New Year's Eve and the onset of Catholic Christmas that the plant is covered with scarlet, pink and white stars.

"Christmas star"

A beautiful legend is associated with the plant. One Christmas, the child wanted to bring a gift to Jesus and collect a beautiful bouquet for him. As he walked towards the temple, on the way he collected green plants growing along the road. As soon as the child entered the church, the plant burst into large buds and then bloomed with bright, profuse flowers. From that time on, the poinsettia began to be called the "Christmas star."

A truly royal plant with magnificent bracts for the winter holidays - a real New Year's miracle. And if you surround a flower with an appropriate festive retinue and attributes, then it will become the main VIP-person of any interior.

The poinsettia is usually purchased or given as a gift in December, when its beautiful bracts begin to bloom. But often after the holiday and the end of flowering, the plant is disposed of. The reason for this is the loss of decorativeness of the flower, when its leaves fall along with the bracts. But in vain ... With proper care, careful care and observance of certain rules, the plant can delight its household members around for many more years, blooming again every December. And, despite some difficulties and the difficult nature of the plant, it is worth making friends with it.

Nuances of "character" and care

The plant loves peace and love. For a permanent location of the flower, he needs to choose a bright window facing east or west. Direct sunlight can cause leaf burns. The plant does not like drafts; from them, the flower can prematurely shed all the leaves.

Drinks little poinsettia, but prefers water treatments in the form of regular sprays. Water for irrigation should be at room temperature. Excess moisture from the pan should be removed, otherwise the soil will become too damp, and may cause root rot. Once every 30 days, liquid mineral fertilizers should be added to the water for irrigation. They will add strength to the plant for further successful flowering.

In early March, after abundant flowering, the star of Bethlehem bracts fall off. Together with them, the plant often loses part of its leaves. Do not be afraid - he begins a period of rest. At this time, cut the plant and move it to a shaded, cool place. You need to water the New Year's flower even less. The poinsettia is usually at rest for about 2 months.

The plant notifies of its awakening by the appearance of new young shoots and an increase in root mass. This means that the poinsettia has entered the growing season. It is necessary to again provide the flower with a warm and moderately sunny place, resume top dressing and watering.

In order to properly prepare the plant for winter flowering, it must be provided with suitable light conditions. From about the beginning of October, the flower needs to reduce daylight hours.


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