How to Care for Poinsettias Through Winter and Beyond

Clint Thompson General

How to care for your Poinsettias through winter and beyond. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. 


No other flower represents the winter holidays like the poinsettia. But these festive plants, which range from the traditional red to pale yellow, can be a mystery when it comes to care and maintenance.

Some tips that can help extend those blooms, include warming Poinsettias with ample sunlight. A sunny window with east, west, or southern exposure is best. Try to keep the temperature between 65 and 70 degrees during the day, and between 55-60 degrees at night. Keep them hydrated and make sure to water the poinsettia whenever the surface of the soil feels dry.

Give the plant a good watering, but don’t flood or soak it. If your home is dry during the winter months, a humidifier or plant mister can help your plant stay hydrated. Wilting or dropping leaves can also be a sign of over watering.

If the soil is soggy when the leaves fall, you’ve probably watered too much. Poinsettias can stay attractive for months. But it’s tricky to get them to re-bloom unless you live in a subtropical area.

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