Poinsettia Care and Maintenance

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The proper care for your poinsettia begins the moment you walk out of the store. Carefully wrap your poinsettia in a roomy bag or container to protect it from cold, windy weather, and unwrap it as soon as you get home. Poinsettias are tropical plants, so when searching for the perfect spot look for warmth and sunlight away from hot or cold drafts. Daytime temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees and nighttime temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees are ideal.

Before watering your poinsettia each day, check the soil. Water only if it feels dry. Over watering will make the leaves turn yellowish in color and fall off, while under watering will cause the plant to wilt and lose its leaves. Use enough water so that it drains out the bottom of the pot, but remove the excess water from the tray or soil around the pot. By following these simple steps, you can ensure your poinsettia brightens your home all holiday season.

Do’s and Dont’s of Poinsettia Care

Do place your poinsettia in indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours per day. If direct sunlight can’t be avoided, diffuse it with a shade or sheer curtain.

Do keep your plant in a room that is around 70 degrees. A good rule is if you’re comfortable, so is your poinsettia.

Do water your plant only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Do fertilize your plant after the blooming season with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer.

Don’t place your plant where it can be reached by cold drafts or excessive heat, such as a frequently opening door or a fireplace.

Don’t expose your poinsettia to temperatures below 50 degrees. Keep it indoors all winter.

Don’t give your plant too much water or allow it to sit in standing water. Always take your poinsettia out of its decorative container before watering to allow the water to drain completely.