You can make lots of money using the sale of poinsettias for fundraising. In fact, did you know that poinsettias are the top-selling live plant sold in the United States? The total number of plants sold during the holiday season exceeds 50 million according to industry reports. Why not have your group sell poinsettias for its fundraising event this holiday season? Poinsettias are perfect for decorating your home or office. They are great to give as gifts to family, friends, and co-workers. Here are some tips to watch for when selling and purchasing poinsettias: Poinsettias come in many colors and forms. Choose a plant with dark green foliage. Plants with pale green, yellow or fallen leaves generally have a root disease problem, have been given too much water, had an excessive dry period, or received limited amounts of fertilizer. Make sure you wrap your plan if the temperature gets below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Low temperatures and damage the leaves and make the plants less saleable or less attractive once purchased. The ideal temperature to store your poinsettia in is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
To care for your plants, make sure to keep the soil moderately moist. You should add water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Do not overwater though. Poinsettias do well inside the home or office and should maintain their colors until late in the winter. The plants thrive on indirect natural sunlight. You should avoid direct sunlight because it might cause a slight dulling of the colors. Limit exposure to even indirect sunshine to no more than six hours daily. It is best to keep the plants away from cold drafts or excessive heat. As leaves become damaged or diseased they should be promptly removed. Many people think that poinsettias are toxic if eaten. Research in which rats were fed extraordinary amounts of poinsettia plant parts showed no ill effects on the animals. Poisindex Information Service says a 50-pound child would have to eat 500 or more poinsettia flowers to surpass the amount eaten by the rats in the experiment. Of course, house plants are not meant to be eaten and small children should be taught to keep the poinsettia away from their mouths. With the above knowledge, you are now ready to locate a local supplier and begin selling poinsettias for your fundraising event.