Native to Mexico, poinsettias are tropical plants associated with Christmas. They require specific care to maintain their festive display beyond the holiday season.
Ideal Temperature Range
Poinsettias thrive in temperatures between 65-70°F. Avoid placing them near drafts or heat sources, which can cause premature leaf drop.
Lighting For Growth
Provide bright, indirect sunlight for at least six hours a day. Too little light can weaken the plant, while direct sunlight may scorch the leaves.
Water poinsettias when the surface soil feels dry. Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot. Use lukewarm water and allow it to drain completely.
Maintain humidity around 50-60% for optimal health. Dry air can cause leaf drop. Consider a humidifier or pebble tray with water for added moisture.
Fertilize poinsettias every two weeks using a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Cease fertilization when it begins to bloom, usually in the fall.
After the holidays, gradually decrease water until the leaves wither. Prune back hard in spring, and by summer, new growth will give a lush plant ready for the next season.