There are never any shortages of poinsettias this time of year—and they’re usually really inexpensive. You can find them at the grocery store, convenient store, pharmacy and of course a florist. I got mine at a hardware store for $7.99. For fresh flowers you can’t beat that.
Usually they come in a plastic pot with a red or green foil cover. It seems weird to repot it into a nicer pot because you really only want the thing for a few weeks. Once the holiday season is over, the plant becomes a floral pariah, and it’s almost as embarrassing to have one hanging around in February as it is to keep that strand of lights on the house.
Then it hit me; why not make a cut flower arrangement out of the plant? It’s only temporary anyway.
Without feeling any remorse, I cut the thing up leaving a little in hopes it would grow back by next year (I’ll keep you posted on the results). Then, I could fulfill the cheapskate in me and not have to buy another one. I could ostracize it to the guest bedroom after the holiday season (and move it to the master bath whenever I had guests). It really was the perfect plan.
It turns out, the poinsettia is the perfect centerpiece flower because the stems are pretty short. When put in a fancy drinking glass, it’s low enough to see over when sitting at a table, so you don’t obscure your guests on the other sides of the table. Leave a little bit of the greenery on the plant for the perfect Christmas color scheme. Add some candles, ornaments and maybe even a string of lights for a really striking table.
Poinsettias Are Not Toxic as They are Rumored to Be
As an aside, I always thought poinsettias were extremely toxic to pets, so I was always reluctant to have them around since the cat especially likes to get into my plans. However, according to truthorfiction.com it appears I have been wrong about this all along:
“The belief in poinsettia poison appears to extend back to 1919 when the two-year-old child of a U.S. Army officer died. It was believed that the death was caused by the child ingesting poinsettia leaves. The American Society of Florists has looked into the matter extensively and says there was never any proof that poinsettia leaves were responsible for the child’s death and the report was later determined to be hearsay…
“The ASPCA Animal Poison Center in Urbana, Illinois says it regards poinsettias as having such low toxicity risk that it doesn’t even recommend decontaminating animals that may have ingested them. The center says that there can sometimes be gastrointestinal distress from having ingested something alien to the digestive system.”
It’s good to know if I run out and return home to find an upside down poinsettia and a guilty-looking kitty I don’t have to worry. Now that I know this, I’m sure I’ll have a lot more of them around for the holidays.
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