Poinsettia care — Poinsettias can look great for a long time if given the proper care, Ward Upham of K-State says. Here are his tips:
Place the poinsettia in a sunny window or the brightest area of the room, but don’t let it touch cold window panes.
Temperatures above 75 degrees will shorten bloom life and below 60 degrees may cause root rot. Move plants away from windows at night or draw drapes between them to avoid damage from the cold.
Stick your finger about half an inch into the soil every day. If it is dry to that depth, the plant needs water. Pour in lukewarm water until some of it runs out of the drainage hole, then discard the drainage water. (Remove any foil wrapping, or place a hole in the foil to let water drain out.)
Illuminations — Botanica’s holiday Illuminations event continues from 5:30 to 8:30 nightly through Dec. 31 (except for Christmas Eve and Christmas). Tickets are $7, $6 for members, $5 for children ages 3 to 12. You can buy them at the door, or in advance at QuikTrip stores or online at botanica.org.