The length of time your poinsettia will give you
pleasure in your home is dependent on (1) the maturity of the plant, (2) when
you buy it, and (3) how you treat the plant. With care, poinsettias should
retain their beauty for weeks and some varieties will stay attractive for
Here are some practical tips to keep your
poinsettia in bloom and beautiful for the season:
After you have made your poinsettia selection, make sure it is
wrapped properly because exposure to low temperatures even for a few minutes can
damage the bracts and leaves.
Unwrap your poinsettia carefully and place in a sunny window. 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 daytime temperatures of 60 to 70°F
and night time temperatures around 55°F. High temperatures will shorten the
plant’s life. Move the plant to a cooler room at night, if possible.
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.
Fertilize the poinsettia if you keep it past the holiday season.
Apply a houseplant fertilizer once a month.