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Posted by Freytag's Florist on November 30, 2015 | Last Updated: October 23, 2019 Christmas DIY Plant Care Uncategorized

Poinsettia Care Tips


Red Glitter Poinsettia, from the Jingle Bell Rock family.

The Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) is the ultimate Christmas flower and the December birth flower.  In traditional red, white, pink, or a hybrid of any color, a Poinsettia flower symbolizes good cheer and success. The poinsettia was first introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel Robert Poinsett, who discovered wild plants in southern Mexico.  Since then, the cultivation of long-lasting and unique hybrids has increased the popularity of the Poinsettia significantly.


Water your Poinsettia
Water when the surface soil is dry to the touch, pouring water into the soil until it runs freely out the drainage hole in the container. Allow to drain completely. Do not let water collect around the base of the pot. Overly watered soil will result in root rot and damage the plant. Plants exposed to high light and low humidity will require more water. If wilting from lack of water does occur, water as directed previously. Wait a few minutes and water again.

Let There Be Light
keep your poinsettia near a sunny window. South, east or west facing windows are preferable. Do not let the plant touch the window as hot or cold glass may cause damage.

Keep her Warm and Cozy
Poinsettias are from a warm climate and prefer temperatures between 65° F to 70° F degrees during the day and around 60° F at night. Don’t place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat from appliances, fireplaces or ventilating ducts. Even the hearty Freedom Poinsettias are sensitive to cold, so don’t place them outside during winter months or expose to temperatures below 50° F.


Year-Long Poinsettia Care and Reblooming Schedule:
Your poinsettias will rebloom each year if you keep to a care schedule: After the holidays, you can remove your plant from the decorative container and rehome them into something suitable for year-round.