Poinsettia Care and Tips

Poinsettia Care and Tips

Care of your seasonal poinsettia is not difficult, but it is specific.  Enjoy for the season and then, once they begin to look tired, compost them or take the challenge to maintain this holiday flower through the Spring, Summer and Fall, encouraging re-bloom next November/December.  This challenge is encompassing; best to research ways that are best in your area or methods that you are willing to attempt.  (Personally, we love them and let them go, but everyone feels differently about this…)
1.  Poinsettias don’t like a lot of water. Always remember that the plant’s root bale should neither dry out nor be drenched. Overwatering can quickly lead to waterlogging, which in turn causes root rot and leaves you with a dead plant.
2.  You should get into habit of inspecting its leaves. If they’re turning yellow or falling off, you’re probably not watering it right. Many flower enthusiasts mean well but overwater poinsettias when they only really need a little. A small sip once every two days will be sufficient, or if you’re opting to immerse the whole root bale in water, rather than pouring, then just one dip per week should do.
3.  Poinsettias need warmth and light. It can be kept close to a radiator but it must be kept away from draughts (that means NO fireplaces, open doorways, open windows or breezy hallways).
4.  Just keep it somewhere that attracts daylight; a windowsill would work, so long as the window isn’t left open, and bear in mind its favourite temperature falls between 15 – 20°C, so it should be happy in most living rooms.

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