Basic Poinsettia Care

There are many poinsettias in varied colors and types on the market today. There culture is the same and easy:

  1. Poinsettias don’t like a lot of water. Allow to dry out before watering and remove the foil for good drainage. You should get into habit of inspecting its leaves. If they’re turning yellow or falling off, you’re probably not watering it right.┬áKeep the water off the leaves and colored bracts.
  2. Poinsettias need warmth and light. No drafts from doors or cold windows. Keep them somewhere in the daylight. So, give the plant warmth, light, and do not over-water and your poinsettia will remain in color for months.

Before buying, check your poinsettia’s soil. It should be neither dripping wet nor totally dry, and if it is, it’s probably not been given proper TLC so might not last in your care. Finally, when you’ve chosen your poinsettia, protect it from the wind and make sure to wrap it up warm for the journey home.

If you are give a plant with glitter or paint on the leaves, these plant will last over the holidays, however, not as long as the natural plants. You can try to keep and plant and bring it back into color next year, however, it is quite labor intensive. I found it is better to just better to throw the a new plant.

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