The do’s and don’ts of poinsettia care. Keep your plant healthy and blooming throughout the Christmas season.
Do’s and Don’ts of Poinsettia Care
DO – Place your plant in indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day. If direct sun can’t be avoided, diffuse the light with a shade or sheer curtain.
DO– Provide room temperatures between 68 – 70 degrees F. Generally speaking, if you are comfortable, so is your poinsettia.
DON’T – Place plants near drafts or excessive heat sources. Avoid placing plants near appliances, fireplaces, or ventilating ducts.
DO – Water your plant when the soil feels dry to the touch.
DON’T – Expose plants to temperatures below 50 degrees F. Poinsettias are sensitive to cold weather.
DO – Use a large, roomy shopping bag to protect your plant when transporting it.
DON’T – Overwater your plant, or allow it to sit in standing water. Always remove a plant from any decorative container before watering, and allow the water to drain completely.
DO – Fertilize your plant AFTER the blooming season with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer.
DON’T – Fertilize your plant when it is in bloom.
Keep Your Plant for Next Year
After the holiday season continue to water once a week, do not fertilize during the months of Jan, Feb, March. The blooms will drop, this is normal.
It is time to start feeding your plant. Bring the plant outdoors when the chance of frost has passed.
In July pinch back the new growth. When pinching back the growth be sure to remove at least 25% of the new growth.
This will make the plant bushy and not look thin and laggy during the coming months.
When temps drop to 55 degrees day/night, bring the plant indoors.
Oct. & Dec.
From October 1 to December 1, a poinsettia will need a strict light / dark regimen to produce color. Provide 16 hours of complete and uninterrupted darkness daily. Lock the plant in a dark closet for 16 hours. Then bring the plant out of the closet for 8 hours of indirect sunlight daily.