Saturday, December 18, 2010

How to Care for your Poinsettia

Unwrap your poinsettia carefully and place in indirect light. Keep the plant from touching cold windows.

Keep poinsettias away from warm or cold drafts from radiators, air registers or open doors and windows.

Ideally poinsettias require temperatures of 60 to 70°F. High temperatures will shorten the plant’s life.

Check the soil daily. Be sure to punch holes in foil so water can drain into a saucer. Water when soil is dry. Allow water to drain into the saucer and discard excess water. Wilted plants will tend to drop bracts sooner.

Fertilize the poinsettia if you keep it past the holiday season. Apply a houseplant fertilizer once a month. Do not fertilize when it is in bloom.

Poinsettias will look nice through the holidays, and for a number of weeks thereafter.

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