Fresh poinsettias lave long been known to symbolize the Christmas season, both for gift-giving and home decoration. Yet once the holidays pass, many simply dispose of these strikingly pretty plants. But did you know that with a little TLC, poinsettias will retain their blooms well into the New Year?
The best time to purchase poinsettias is from the end of November through the end of December, when the selection is ample.
When choosing your plants, look for healthy, dark green leaves as well as brightly-colored red, pink or white bracts. (Bracts are a type of leaf that is commonly mistaken for a flower petal). After bringing your poinsettia home, do not repot it. Keep poinsettias in a sunny or well-lit room at a temperature of at least 65 degrees. (This plant is sensitive to any temperature below that.)
Poinsettias require minimal care in regards to watering but if you notice the leaves turning a lighter shade of green, position your plant near a sunny window. Keep poinsettias away from drafts and make sure not to place them near high heat like a furnace vent or fireplace. You’ll also want to cut back stems periodically to encourage new growth.
If you follow these steps, your poinsettia’s “blooms” should last until mid-to-late February. And since December 12th is National Poinsettia Day, stop by your favorite Home Depot to get yours while these holiday beauties are still in stock!