Poinsettia

How do you keep a poinsettia year round?

How do you keep a poinsettia year round?
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Place them in a light-filled room away from drafts. They do best in rooms between 55 and 65 F at night and 65 to 70 F during the day. Keep poinsettias away from cooler locations and avoid exposing them to temperatures below 50 F. Water poinsettias when the soil is dry 2 to 3 inches down.

  1. How do you take care of a poinsettia in the winter?
  2. Can a poinsettia last all year?
  3. How do you get a poinsettia to rebloom?
  4. How do I make my poinsettia hibernate?
  5. When should I put my poinsettia in the dark?
  6. Why are all the leaves falling off my poinsettia?
  7. What is the lifespan of a poinsettia?
  8. What do I do with my poinsettia after Christmas?
  9. How often should I water my poinsettia?
  10. Do poinsettias like sun or shade?
  11. How do you care for a poinsettia plant indoors?

How do you take care of a poinsettia in the winter?

Warm Poinsettias With Ample Sunlight

Provide lots of sunlight — a sunny window with east, west, or southern exposure is best. Also try to keep the temperature between 65 and 70 degrees during the day, keeping in mind that the area around a drafty window can be quite a bit cooler than the rest of the room.

Can a poinsettia last all year?

Poinsettias can be kept year after year, and they will bloom each year if you give them proper care. When the leaves begin to yellow or when the plant is no longer desired as an ornamental, gradually withhold water. ... Keep the plant somewhat on the dry side; water only enough to keep the stems from withering.

How do you get a poinsettia to rebloom?

Cut the stems back to about 6 inches and make sure some leaves remain. As new shoots grow, the tips of the stems can be pinched periodically to make the plant bushier. This just involves clipping the very tip of the stem. Water and fertilize the poinsettia to stimulate growth.

How do I make my poinsettia hibernate?

Simply continue to water the poinsettia as you would any plant, never allowing the soil to completely dry. If you need something to drink so does your poinsettia. Now it needs to hibernate a little. So to help it go dormant, beginning April 1, gradually decrease water, allowing the soil to get dry between watering.

When should I put my poinsettia in the dark?

To re-flower your poinsettia, you must keep the plant in complete darkness between 5pm and 8am daily from the end of September until color shows in the bracts (early to mid-December). The temperature should remain between 60 and 70 degrees F.

Why are all the leaves falling off my poinsettia?

Poinsettias will classically drop their leaves if they are exposed to sudden changes in temperature, drafts or overly cool or dry rooms. They also will lose leaves and wilt in response to an extreme need for water. When choosing a plant, pick a healthy, full one with no discoloration on the foliage.

What is the lifespan of a poinsettia?

"Home gardeners generally keep their poinsettias one or two years. If they're really dedicated, maybe a little longer. But the life span for interior plants when you live in the North is measured in months, not years."

What do I do with my poinsettia after Christmas?

Toss the poinsettia when you grow tired of it or it becomes unattractive. For those home gardeners who enjoy a challenge, it is possible to get the poinsettia to bloom again next season. Cut the stems back to within 4 to 6 inches of the soil in March. The poinsettia may also be repotted at this time.

How often should I water my poinsettia?

In your home, put the poinsettia in a well lighted area away from drafts and heat vents. Water the poinsettia when the pot becomes lightweight or when the soil becomes dry to the touch, about once a week. Water the plant thoroughly in a sink, letting it drain, before putting it back where it was.

Do poinsettias like sun or shade?

Poinsettias need a minimum of six hours of indirect sunlight each day. Protect the plants from freezing temperatures, especially when transporting them. Place them in a light-filled room away from drafts. They do best in rooms between 55 and 65 F at night and 65 to 70 F during the day.

How do you care for a poinsettia plant indoors?

How to Care for Poinsettias

  1. Light: Place your poinsettias in an area where they'll receive a minimum of six hours of bright (but not direct) sunlight each day.
  2. Temperature: These plants prefer temperatures from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and from 60 to 65 degrees at night.

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