UN­USUAL WAYS TO STYLE YOUR CHRIST­MAS POIN­SET­TIA

Manchester Evening News - - YOUR GARDEN -

RATHER than bung your fes­tive poin­set­tia in a bor­ing pot, add the colour­ful bracts to Christ­mas ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions and or­na­ments?

More colours are now avail­able, from the tra­di­tional red to salmon pink and cool white, mean­ing it’s more ver­sa­tile than it used to be.

“The key is to choose a colour you love and group them to cre­ate im­pact,” says Ian Drum­mond, house­plant ex­pert and au­thor of At Home With Plants and cre­ative di­rec­tor of In­door Gar­den De­sign. “You can be very cre­ative with poin­set­tias, be­cause they are more durable than you think.”

Here are a few ideas...

■ FOR A NAT­U­RAL EF­FECT

“Re­move the lower stems and fill the base of the pot with co-or­di­nat­ing baubles, or ar­range pine cones and twigs around the base.”

■ CRE­ATE TA­BLE COLOUR

“CUT the stems and place the end into hot wa­ter for a few sec­onds, and then im­me­di­ately into cold. This stops the flow of sap and they can last for up to two weeks in wa­ter if pre­pared this way. The stems can be grouped to­gether or dis­played singly in bud vases for a gor­geous pop of colour, ideal as a Christ­mas place set­ting.”

■ CRE­ATE HANGING IN­TER­EST

“GET re­ally cre­ative and hang a branch with re-pur­posed baubles used as tiny vases to dis­play the cut poin­set­tias. You can even hang the colour­ful bracts on your Christ­mas tree in­stead of bows, or wire it into an in­door Christ­mas wreath for an added splash of colour.”

■ THE FIN­ISH­ING TOUCH TO CHRIST­MAS WRAP­PING

“IF you want to cut back on plas­tic bows and make your wrap­ping look beau­ti­ful, us­ing tra­di­tional red poin­set­tia stems in­stead of­fers that per­sonal touch.”

■ HOW DO YOU KEEP POIN­SET­TIAS LOOK­ING FRESH?

BUY your plant from a gar­den cen­tre or rep­utable shop.

Check the com­post is nei­ther drip­ping wet nor to­tally dry. Dense fo­liage and yel­low-green bud­ding flow­ers in-be­tween the coloured bracts are a sure sign of qual­ity. KEEP it in a bright, warm spot (around 20°C). It can be close to a ra­di­a­tor but not in di­rect sun­light or draughts, so keep away from fire­places open doors or win­dows.

Wa­ter only when the com­post is start­ing to be­come lighter, and do not al­low to sit in wa­ter.

Dif­fer­ent coloured poin­set­tia bracts in a ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.