Alexandrinos, the Christmas Flower

When it comes to Christmas, the Alexandrite, the impressive flower with the characteristic red leaves has its honor. Also known as poinsettia or “star of Bethlehem,” Alexandris symbolizes the holiday season of Christmas and every December we find it in most homes. Originally from Mexico, poinsettia owes its name to an American ambassador who, two centuries ago, took the flower in its own country and gradually spread throughout the world. Let’s look at the most important tips to take care of the Alexandrinos to keep it bright and beautiful on the holidays, as well as to keep it up until Christmas.

Where do we put Alexandrinus in the house?

We place the Alexandrinos in the  living room; or in another bright interior of our home, to the point where it does not directly accept the sun’s rays that can cause burns and fade its leaves. We avoid very shady places because the leaves of the Alexandrinos will lose their intense red coloration. Alexandrinos must be away from currents and frost, away from frozen glass, and away from radiators to avoid twisting of the Alexandrite leaves and extensive defoliation.

When do we transplant Alexandros into a new pot or soil?

During the spring season, we can transplant Alexandros into a larger flower pot or to the soil of our garden. Especially, if planted in southern areas with mild winter, the Alexandrine can be left out of the year without the need for special protection and can reach a height of three meters. To transplant the Alexandrinos into a pot, we use a light soil that ensures good drainage and put a layer of pebbles or gravel on the pot base.

What needs to watering and lubrication has Alexandrinos?

Regarding the needs of Alexandrinos in water, during the festive season, we usually water every 4-5 days after the soil dries in the pot. During spring and autumn, we water Alexandrine 2 times a week and during summer every 2 days. Alexandrinos does not need fertilizer during the winter season. For the Alexandrinos we have in a pot, we add a special liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, once a month from March to October, to maintain its growth. If the Alexandrinos have been planted in the garden, we add granular fertilizer in early spring and early autumn

How do we prune the Alexandrinos and multiply it?

After the festivities, when the red leaves of the Alexandrinos begin to fall, we prune slightly the tops of the plant to develop new vegetation. In order to create denser and compact foliage in Alexandrinos, we make the second clip in May. If we want to create new Alexandrinos plants, during the spring we cut cuttings 15 cm long from;the top of the plant and plan them in pots. To increase the success rate of grafting, it is advisable to use rooting hormone.

And a secret about Alexandrinos

In order to get the reddish-colored leaves again, we will need to keep it for several hours in the dark in the autumn. Specifically, Alexandrin as a small photoperiod plant needs little exposure to the sun, so we cover it daily for 12-14 hours with a dark fabric in October and November. In this way, the leaves of the Alexandrinos will gain the desired purple color in the Christmas holidays and we will be able to decorate it again in our living room.