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The Christmas star, scientifically known as Euphorbia pulcherrima, is undeniably one of the quintessential plants associated with the holiday season. Its vibrant, vivid colors and impeccable style make it a cherished gift. Even those with a green thumb often ponder the optimal positioning within their homes to ensure year-round flowering and healthy growth. With a few simple steps, you can maintain an impeccable Christmas star throughout the year. Let’s explore how.
History and Tradition of the Christmas Star:
The Christmas star, with its botanical name Euphorbia pulcherrima, is native to Mexico and can grow up to 3 meters in height if left in its natural habitat. In Italy, it has become a symbol of Christmas traditions, ideal for adding warmth to homes with its vibrant color or as a meaningful gift symbolizing friendship and good luck for the new year. The tradition of gifting Christmas stars dates back to the end of the nineteenth century when it became the official gift for American ambassadors, eventually spreading globally.
The plant’s striking red leaves and elegant shape are strongly associated with Christmas traditions worldwide. While the red leaves are often mistaken for flowers, they are, in fact, leaves of the plant that turn intense red during the winter. The true flower, known as Ciazo, is a yellow gem that emerges among the red leaves during the cold winter months.
Where to Place the Christmas Star in the House:
Given its origin in mountain areas with temperature variations and a temperate climate, the Christmas star thrives when exposed to temperature changes. However, it cannot tolerate temperatures below 12°C. Therefore, proper positioning inside the house, especially during the cold season, is crucial.
During winter, place the Christmas star in well-lit rooms, avoiding proximity to heat sources. Ensure a temperature range of 15-20°C. In the living room, position it in the brightest corner, preferably in front of a window during the holidays. Guard against cold drafts and humidity, and maintain a regular watering schedule to keep its leaves vibrant.
Avoid placing the plant in high-traffic areas, as its seemingly robust leaves are delicate and can break from the base if disturbed by people or pets, compromising its perfect foliage.