Poinsettia Care

With proper care, poinsettias can last for years - they can even grow into trees! Here's the dos and don'ts of caring for your new plants.


Place in indirect sunlight for at least 6

hours a day

Provide temperatures between 68°

and 70°F

Water thoroughly when soil feels dry to

the touch

Fertilize after the blooming season with

a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer


Place near cold drafts or excessive


Expose to temperatures below 50°F

Allow them to sit in standing water

Expose to chilling winds when


Fertilize when it is in bloom

After the Season...

  • By early April, when the colored bracts begin to turn or fall off, cut the plant back leaving 4-6 buds.

  • Keep the plant near a sunny window, water and fertilize regularly, and by the end of May you should see vigorous new growth.

  • Continue to nurture your poinsettia as autumn nears

  • Poinsettias begin to set buds and produce flower as the nights become longer. Beginning October 1, keep the plant in complete darkness for 14 continuous hour each night by moving plants into a dark room or placing a large box over them.

  • During the day, allow 6-8 hours of bright sunlight. Continue this for 8 to 10 weeks, and your plants will develop a colorful display of holiday blooms.