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Did you delight in our alternative Christmas plant feature in issue 38? We’ve invited back Lis from Suttons Seeds who tells us how we can perfect our poinsettias and care for other mid-winter blooms in the colder months. Plus, don’t miss their exclusive Homemaker discount code below!

Care For Your Christmas Plants With Help From Suttons Seeds

“Christmas plants make the ideal gift, lasting far longer than a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates. Poinsettias tend to be the marmite of Christmas houseplants with people either loving or loathing them, but if you love them, there are some easy ways you can look after them. The poinsettia requires a minimum temperature of 13-15°c, so choose a brightly lit position away from draughts and direct sun. To have the plant in flower for Christmas, cover it with a black plastic bag to exclude all light from September. The cover should be in place from late afternoon to early morning to give a 12-hour period of darkness. At this time, a constant temperature of 18°c is important, and once the bracts have fully developed to their maximum size and colour the plant does not need to be covered. Bring it inside and place in an attractive pot or display!”

Not a fan of the poinsettia? Find Lis’ care tips for more beautiful blooms below.

  1. Amaryllis
    When the Amaryllis flower opens, move it to a cool position of about 15-18°c. If you think you may be too busy over the Christmas period to water plants, choose wax-coated amaryllis bulbs that require neither soil nor water. Care For Your Christmas Plants With Help From Suttons Seeds
  2. Azalea
    Keep Azaleain a cool, well-lit spot and water two to three times a week, ensuring that the compost never dries out. Care For Your Christmas Plants With Help From Suttons Seeds
  3. Jasmine
    Put Jasmine in a cool room – such as an unheated conservatory or porch, away from the roaring fire – and water once a week. Care For Your Christmas Plants With Help From Suttons Seeds
  4. Christmas Cactus
    Keep Christmas Cactus in a well-lit position out of direct sunlight at 16-21°c and water when the surface of the soil has dried out. Care For Your Christmas Plants With Help From Suttons Seeds
  5. Stephanotis
    Keeping Stephanotis under filtered light and at a cool temperature of around 13°c will keep the blooms coming for several weeks. Care For Your Christmas Plants With Help From Suttons Seeds

If you want to learn more about these gorgeous plants, simply pick up issue 38 when it goes on sale Friday 6th November 2015 and flick to p95. Plus, get 20% off at suttons.co.uk with the code HM1215 until 30th November 2015. Have a poinsettia-related query? Tweet @mypoinsettia and tag us @homemakermag to answer your greenery needs!

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