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Caring for the Christmas flower: Christmas cactus, kokina and ponsetia

by Ünal Güler


Christmas flower When it says, not a single image comes to mind, many flowers that bloom in winter and immediately come to mind with their color are called poinsettia. Today we wanted to explain the care of three types of plants commonly referred to as “Christmas flowers” and answer those who are concerned about caring for the poinsettia.

At the top of our list is a very special plant called ponsettia or poinsettia, which is considered an indispensable part of Christmas decorations, especially abroad. Next comes the Christmas cactus, which fascinates everyone who sees it for the first time with its flowers and appearance. And finally, Cochines, one of the essential florists that we are used to seeing everywhere these days, is waiting for you.

Go on, let’s learn more about this type of Christmas flowers, let’s take a look at the details to know about poinsettia care. Please…

How do I care for the poinsettia (Ponsetia)?


Although there are flowers of different colors like white and pink, let’s start with the Ponsetia, also known as the Ataturk flower, which is the most preferred red color in these times. If you want to grow this flower, which is considered part of the apartment decoration at New Year and is preferred by those who love to grow plants in their house in summer and winter, you should follow the steps below:

Soil and pot selection: In order for the poinsettia to grow well, you should prefer permeable and soft, peaty soil. As pots, be sure to pick them from pots that have drainage holes at the bottom.

Sunlight and Environment: You should raise your ponsetias in temperatures between 10 and 19 degrees Celsius and protect them from extreme heat and extreme cold. You should also keep in mind that it does not like direct sunlight.

Irrigation: You should water the poinsettia, which is sufficient once a week in the winter months, and two or three times a week in warmer weather like spring and summer.

For more information, see: From Watering to Pruning, Caring for the Poinsettia at Home

How do I care for a Christmas cactus?

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We came to the Christmas cactus, which has managed to become one of the most talked about Christmas flowers during the New Year period. If you want to grow this particular plant that has managed to attract the attention of those who love growing plants at home because it looks very different from the cacti that we know classically, you should follow the steps below:

Soil and pot selection: For the Christmas cactus you should prefer humus-rich, water-storing and airy soil. A pot with drainage holes to allow excess water to drain and large enough for the roots to be comfortable (don’t choose too small) works well for the flower pot.


Sunlight and Environment: Since it is a plant that loves bright areas, you can grow it in peace in places that can receive sunlight during the winter months. However, when the summer months come, you should not forget that you should protect it from extreme heat, and you should protect it from direct sunlight, especially at midday. You can position your Christmas cactus at 10 to 15 degrees Celsius during the winter months. Extreme heat and cold affect plant productivity, keep that in mind.

Irrigation: You should water your Christmas cactus more frequently once it has bloomed and less frequently once it has finished blooming. If water accumulates in the tub under the pot after watering, you should immediately remove this water from the plant. Also remember that you can make your plant a habit by watering at the same times of the day whenever possible.

How to care for Cokina?


Unlike the other two plants mentioned above, cochina is one of the plants that we mainly find in bunches during these periods and that cannot be grown in pots. So now we’re going to talk about what you can do to take care of the cocaine you buy in bundles. For cochina care at home, you can follow the following steps:

  • You should protect your plant from very cold and very hot environments.
  • You shouldn’t put it near hot spots like radiators, but you should also protect it from areas like balconies that can be cold in winter.
  • By placing your plant in clusters in water, you should ensure that its leaves remain without yellowing for an extended period of time.
  • However, since it doesn’t like water that much, you can take it out of the water after 1-2 days and let it dry so that it doesn’t rot.

For more detailed information see: Meet the beautiful plant that comes to mind when it is said New Year’s Eve: Cokina flower


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