A Guide to Caring for a Healthy, Reblooming Poinsettia Plant
An icon of the Christmas season, poinsettias are stunning flowering plants that commonly bloom in bright, cheerful red and crisp, snowy white. From home decor to spectacular gifts for loved ones and hosts, it can be quite challenging to go through the holiday season without coming across these lush and elegant plants. If you have been gifted a poinsettia or purchased one for your home, it is important to know how to best take care of it during the holiday season. Whether a classic red poinsettia or a white star poinsettia, you can follow these steps to keep this beautiful plant thriving throughout the season of joy.
Displaying Your Poinsettia During the Holidays
Lighting and room temperature are two important factors to consider when choosing the perfect spot to display a poinsettia in your home. Sunny windows are a great choice, especially if facing south, east, or west. However, ensure the windowsill is large enough to support your poinsettia without its leaves and petals touching a cold windowpane. Steady temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for your poinsettia. Temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit put your poinsettia at risk for root rot. It is also important to note any possible hot or cold drafts that might cause premature leaf drop.
Watering Your Poinsettia During the Holidays
Like most plants, it is important to regularly water poinsettias without overwatering, which leads to a lack of sufficient air in the soil resulting in root rot or other plant-damaging diseases. To ensure your plant is ready for a nice drink of water, touch the soil to feel if it is dry. Then, water the soil, not the plant’s leaves, with enough water so it runs out the drainage hole if your pot has one. Never let your plant sit in a saucer that has collected water. Instead, after watering a poinsettia, dump the excess water before putting it back on display. If your poinsettia shows signs of premature wilting, check the soil to see whether it is moist or in need of water. As a rule of thumb, plants that live in low humidity and bright light will require more water than plants living in high humidity and low light spaces.
Preparing Your Poinsettia for Reblooming
While poinsettias can rebloom annually, bringing cheer, joy, and natural beauty into your Christmas and holiday celebrations, they require a full year of TLC. Our plant care experts have created an easy step-by-step guide to walk you through this year-long process. We can’t wait to see your poinsettias flourish each winter.
Before jumping in, take note of a few supplies you will need to best support your poinsettia’s reblooming process. Of course, you will need one or two pots, water, soil, fertilizer, and a small gardening shovel. In addition, make sure you have access to a nice, big sunny window or windowsill and something to create a dark space, like blackout curtains, a cardboard box, or a shelved closet.