Tips to care for your Christmas Poinsettia from IHS

Poinsettia plants have become a key sign of the festive Christmas period, with their indistinguishable dark green leaves and red flowers that bloom though November-February. They can be found in many homes throughout the country.

  • If using LEDs to help keep your poinsettia healthy, they prefer warm white light. The LED source should be placed about a foot and a half above the plant, readjusting as it grows.
  • Do not disturb your poinsettia during blackout hours, which should be around 16 hours. This is particularly true if you use warm lights or expose it to bright sun during waking hours.
  • Once your poinsettia flowers, be sure it receives exposure to bright light, but no more than 8-10 hours a day. The light source can be either natural sunlight or a LED grow light. Light exposure for around 8-9 hours a day will keep your poinsettia flowering through to February.
  • Poinsettias like to be dry between waterings. Too little water and the leaves will wilt, and the poinsettia plant will drop its middle and lower leaves. Too much water and the bottom leaves will turn yellow and drop off.
  • Do not put the poinsettia close to cold windows. Since poinsettias are a tropical plant, they like temperatures ranging from 16-22ºC.

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