Gardening Q&A: How Do I Care For My Poinsettia?

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

A poinsettia on a table in a room decorated for Christmas

Q: I couldn’t resist buying a 99-cent poinsettia at the Home Depot on Black Friday. Now I’m wondering how to care for it.

A: Here are a few tips to keep those red blooms bright.

Water: When the soil is dry to the touch, water until it drains out the bottom. Don’t let the plant sit in water though. A layer of pebbles in the bottom of the tray keeps the plant out of the water and increases the humidity around the plant. If the leaves and blooms start to wilt, immediately water, then repeat five minutes later. If your home is dry due to heating or climate, mist your plant often, as poinsettias love humidity.

Light: Poinsettias are tropical, so place it near a sunny window facing south, east or west, not north. The more sunlight, the better.

Heat: To keep your plant in bloom, maintain a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees during the day. Nighttime temps of 60 degrees will not harm your poinsettia. Cold drafts or allowing the leaves to touch a cold windowpane, however, may injure it.

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