These poinsettia care tips are going to totally change how you view that iconic yet finicky red flower of the holidays! Poinsettias are known for being a bright spot of color during the holiday season, but they tend to die fast (or at least drop all their leaves and act like they’re dying) and most people can’t keep them healthy year-round. While you may not be able to have blooms all year, you can follow these poinsettia care tips to keep yours healthy so that it can bloom again next year!
Poinsettia Care Tips
Water when top of soil is dry to the touch. Poinsettias don’t need a ton of water, but should be watered regularly. When the top of the soil is dry to the touch, water well. Be sure to drain any excess water out of the tray underneath your poinsettia. It is very important to keep them watered on a regular basis, but to never leave them sitting in water.
Keep away from hot or cold drafts. One of the number one poinsettia care tips is to keep them away from extreme temperatures. If it is too cold or too hot, they can suffer quickly. Drafts and wind are especially damaging, so while they may look pretty on your front porch, it is actually a bad idea to put poinsettias outdoors in the winter. They are much healthier in a warmer indoor climate if your area gets below 60 degrees during the winter months and holiday season.
Keep warm with high humidity. The perfect temperature range for a healthy poinsettia is between 60-72 degrees. They also prefer high humidity. Storing them in or near your bathroom where humidity from a steamy shower can be near is a great choice. If you live in a humid area of the country this should be easy to manage. Some areas are perfect for keeping them outdoors year round with great temperatures.
Prepare for summer. You’ll want to wait until the bracts fade, then cut the stems back to around 6-8” above the soil line. You’ll continue to water regularly as before, but add a quality fertilizer to the mix about once per month to help keep the roots healthy and thriving.
Place outside once temperatures are steadily above 50 degrees. When you see the temps raising and staying above 50 degrees, you can move this plant outside to stay warm. You’ll want to keep it in indirect light during the early part of the day and direct sunlight during the last half of the day. This can be on a front or back porch depending on which way your home faces. Continue to water regularly. If new growth begins happening, cut back stems to prevent blooms until later in the fall.
In the fall move back indoors. In early to mid-September when temperatures begin to get lower, move your poinsettia back indoors. Continue watering as normal, and make sure it has around 6 hours of direct light each day. Placing the plant near a window helps a lot with this.
Confine to darkness. This is the oddest of the poinsettia care tips to make it bloom for the holidays. Move your plant away from light for 14 hours of the day, then make sure it has 10 hours every day of natural light (through the glass in a window or door). Buds will begin to appear within a few weeks and blooms will appear by early December.
These poinsettia care tips will help you make your plant last longer, and survive from year to year with ease!
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