How to Care for Poinsettias This Holiday Season

Poinsettias are one of our favorite plants for the Holiday Season. Given the right care they will last for several weeks and can sometimes even be kept to flower again the following year. But poinsettias do not like the cold and can wilt very quickly if the temperature is not high enough. This article which I found on the Bless My Weeds website has some useful tips on caring for these festive plants.

There?s nothing like a Christmas poinsettia to brighten the season and bring a little bit of warmth to your home when it?s freezing cold outside. If you want your poinsettias?to last as long as possible, here are some tips to help you take care of it properly.
1.?They Love Humidity
When blooming, poinsettia plants love humid locations that aren?t too warm (between 65 and 75 degrees). A nearby humidifier will help, but isn?t totally necessary. You can also surround them by other plants to keep more moisture in the air. Poinsettias?also thrive in bright light, but not direct sunlight.

2. Water Well
Poinsettias like water and should be watered thoroughly, staying just a bit moist. Just be careful not to drown them, and make sure your pot has good drainage. Also, don?t let the pot sit in a tray of water, as this can cause root rot.

3.?Encourage Re-Blooming
You really can get your poinsettia to bloom again next year! From January to March, keep up the same type of watering and care. In April, you?re safe to decrease the water and let them get dry between waterings. Don?t let the stem begin to shrivel. After the plant gets used to less water, move it to a cooler spot like a heated garage or basement, where it stays around 60 degrees. Mid-May is the time to cut the stem back to about 4 inches, and transplant to a slightly bigger pot with new soil. At this point, water it well and put it back near a bright window, where it stays between 65 and 75 degrees. Keep watering when the soil feels dry.

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