The poinsettia is the most iconic holiday plant. Few plants say, “it’s the holiday season” quiet like a poinsettia. If you received a poinsettia as a gift, you want to gift a poinsettia to someone, or you gifted yourself a poinsettia, here are some poinsettia care tips:
Poinsettias come from Central America, which means they’re used to getting a decent amount of sun. Place your poinsettia in a well-lit window to make sure it gets enough sunshine. East-facing windows are best, just make sure your plant isn’t touching the windowpane. Check the moisture of the soil often. Whenever the soil feels dry, give your poinsettia some water. If you notice the leaves of your poinsettia are welting, this may also mean your plant needs some water. Be sure the water is draining from the bottom and that your poinsettia isn’t sitting in water. If possible, try to maintain the temperature in your home between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures are best for a poinsettia.
Re-blooming is no easy task, but a poinsettia can actually re-bloom if it is cared for just right. If you have greenhouse-like conditions and are able to care for your plant hands-on, you may be able to get it to re-bloom. Between January and March you should water your plant whenever the soil is dry. In April, you should decrease the amount of waterings you give your poinsettia. Then, in mid-May, re-pot your plant with new soil. In June, move your poinsettia to a partially shaded location and pinch each stem back one inch in July. Keep this up in August. The hard part comes in October and November, when you need to keep your poinsettia in total darkness between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. After doing so, by mid-December you can stop fertilizing your plant and it may start to re-bloom.
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