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Caring For Holiday Plants

Kate Ter Haar
Poinsettias, a common holiday plant, are very sensitive to temperature.

Indoor plants are popular during the holiday season and often require specific instructions for maintenance and care. During this Talk of Iowa podcast, ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron and Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens Aaron Steil explain how to help plants and flowers like Poinsettias, Norfolk Island Pine, and holiday cacti thrive throughout December and beyond.

Stiles says that holiday cacti need to be kept moist whie they're budding and in bloom, but that you should being careful not to overwater. Jauron emphasizes that the tropical Poinsettia needs to be protected from the cold. Later on, the experts answer emails and calls from Iowans about the plants and trees in their lives. 


  • Richard Jauron, ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist
  • Aaron Steil, Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens in Ames
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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa