Poinsettia Care

Poinsettias

Poinsettias

Did you know that, with proper care, you can extend your poinsettia to last through the majority of winter? Watering is the most important aspect of poinsettia care, as they are prone to root rot.  Only water when the soil is dry (1 inch down).  You can test this by sticking your finger in the soil. Overwatering can cause your poinsettia to wilt.  Do not let it sit in water.  

 

Keep your poinsettia in a moderate temperature area (60-70°F) away from cold or hot drafts. Providing enough light to your poinsettia will also help extend its life.  Fertilize once a month, with general houseplant fertilizers, such as Miracle Gro® Liquid Houseplant Food, to keep foliage healthy when the plant is not in bloom.

 

Poinsettias can be re-bloomed for the following Christmas, but this is a very labor intensive process.  The easiest way to ensure you have colorful poinsettias is purchasing new ones that are grown under perfect conditions.  This allows you to focus your efforts on spring, summer and fall plantings.