Holiday Poinsettia Care


    Star-Tip 1032

Gardening Tips for successful and beautiful Landscapes and Gardens



How should you care for poinsettias to keep them colorful throughout the holidays? Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Display your plants in a brightly lit area and protect them from hot or cold drafts.

The holidays are nearly here and poinsettias will be among the most colorful decorations in most homes. By following a few basic rules, you can keep these beautiful plants looking great from now through the end of the year.


Ř Keep the soil moist, not soggy. Don't let your plants dry out but don't let them stay sloppy wet either! Water thoroughly, discarding all drainage water. Remove the foil wrap from your pots when you do this, or poke some holes in the bottom to insure good drainage. Water again when the soil surface feels dry to the touch. The kitchen sink is a good place to do your watering.



Ř  Display your poinsettias in bright, indirect light. A dark, gloomy corner or sunny window can be equally damaging!



Ř  Keep away from hot or cold drafts. Close heating vents that may blow on plants or move the plants to a draft-free area. As pretty as it might look, don't display a poinsettia near an entrance door since you'll create a draft every time you open it. The same holds true for fireplace mantels, if you use the fireplace... Once the poinsettia wilts because of drafts, the leaves will fall off and there's nothing you can do to stop it!



Ř  Keep your poinsettia out of reach of small children. The plant is fragile and breaks easily. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous! Don't throw your plants away after the holidays! Poinsettias can be kept year round as patio or garden plants in most climates. Simply protect them from extreme heat and temperatures below 50 degrees. Check our StarNote Page and read or download #130, Poinsettia Care Tips, for complete information on caring for your plants after the holiday season.    










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