Poinsettia Care

The length of time your poinsettia will give you pleasure in your home is dependent on

  • The maturity of the plant
  • When you buy it
  • How you treat the plant.

With care, poinsettias should retain their beauty for weeks.

When you have made your poinsettia selection, make sure it is wrapped if the weather is cold. Exposure to low temperatures, even for a few minutes, can damage the bracts and leaves.

  • Unwrap your poinsettia carefully and place in indirect light. Six hours of light daily is ideal.

Keep poinsettias away from warm or cold drafts from radiators, air registers or open doors and windows. Do not allow them to touch cold windows.

  • Poinsettias require daytime temperatures of 60 to 70°F and nighttime temperatures around 55°F. High temperatures will shorten the plant’s life. Move the plant to a cooler room at night, if possible.

Check the soil daily. Be sure to punch holes in the foil so water can drain into a saucer. Water when the soil is dry. Allow water to drain into the saucer and discard excess water.

  • Fertilize the poinsettia if you keep it past the holiday season. Apply a houseplant fertilizer once a month. Do not fertilize when it is in bloom.

Getting poinsettias to re-flower is not easy, but with some patience and care it can be done. A hand-out will be available in the stores to explain how if you wish to try.


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