Poinsettias are available week of Thanksgiving.
Colors: Red, White, Pink, Marble, White Glitter
4.5" Pot (branched)
10" Specimen Pots
Poinsettias are not poisonous.
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh studied more than 22,000 reports of poinsettia exposure and found no significant toxicity. The POISINDEX Information Service said a 50-pound child would have to eat 500-600 poinsettia bracts to exceed the nontoxic experimental doses. Like any nonfood product, poinsettias may taste awful and cause minor discomfort if eaten. For this reason, keep them out of reach of small children, as you would with many other household objects.
Poinsettia plants: Are they poisonous?
Jay L. Hoecker, M.D.
Provided by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Contrary to popular belief, poinsettia plants aren't poisonous.
Are poinsettias poisonous?
For nearly eight decades, this rumor has continued to circulate because of one unfounded story in 1919: that an Army officer’s two year old child allegedly died after eating a poinsettia leaf. While never proved by medical or scientific fact and later determined to be hearsay, the story has taken on a life of it’s own. But, the defenders of the poinsettia have pulled out all the scientific stops to allay public fears.
The Society of American Florists (SAF) worked with the Academic Faculty of Entomology at Ohio State University (OSU) to exhaustively test all parts of the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). OSU researchers established that rats exhibited no adverse effects – no mortality, no symptoms of toxicity, and no changes in dietary intake or general behavior patterns – when given even unusually large amounts of different poinsettia parts. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accepts animal tests as valid indicators whether any product or natural growth is harmful to human health.
The OSU research was conducted 23 years ago and other sources have continued to reinforce the poinsettia’s safety.
According to the American Medical Association’s Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants, other than occasional cases of vomiting, ingestio of the poinsettia plant has been found to produce no effect.
After reviewing all available poinsettia related information, the CPSC denied a petition in 1975 to require warning labels for poinsettia plants. Despite its continued circulation, the myth of the poinsettia is gradually losing steam.
Source: Society of American Florists
How can I make my poinsettia last during the holiday season?
- Place the poinsettia in a sunny window.
- Do not let any part of plant touch cold window panes.
- Indoor temperatures from 60 to 70°F is ideal for long plant life.
- High temperatures will shorten the life of the bracts.
- Water only when the soil is dry.
- Placing your poinsettia in a cool room 55 to 60°F at night will extend blooming time.
- Avoid placing plants near appliances, fireplaces or ventilating ducts.
- Do not fertilize when plant is in bloom.
- Avoid temperature fluctuations and warm or cold drafts.
- Don't expose your plant to chilling winds when transporting it.