The poinsettia, also called the Christmas Flower and the Nativity Flower, can be kept indoors year round with the proper care. Poinsettia is a short day plant, and this is why it sets its beautiful leaf color during the short days of winter. After the holidays and when the days begin to lengthen, you must take the initiative to limit the plant’s daylight hours. At night, cover the plant and make sure it is somewhere it will get no light such as a closet.
Read the following instructions to know how to water a poinsettia tree correctly.
Watering will depend on the humidity of your home. In the south, for instance, it may not be necessary to water the plant more than every couple of weeks. In the arid west, however, water your plant weekly or when the soil feels very dry. Never let your poinsettias sit in water. Bottom line, when the soil feels dry, water sparingly.
How much water does a poinsettia need? A common disease while growing poinsettia is root rot caused by soaking in water. Normally, if you place Poinsettia at the side of a window, you can water a cup for 1 to 2 weeks even it is a small Poinsettia tree. One important thing to note is that you should wait for the soil to dry before watering the next time. Some newbies often spray every day to keep the soil moist, this is not the correct way to water the poinsettia.
In the winter or just after the holidays, you will see the leaves begin to fall so you should not water a lot. Trim your poinsettia and place it in the shade until springtime.
Poinsettias have become such a beautiful holiday symbol yet people throw them away because they don’t know how to care for them once the holiday is over.
Poinsettias also do not like air movement so while it is out during the day, make sure it is not near a window where a breeze may reach it. Poinsettias do like a sunny spot in which to sit.
Because the poinsettia is considered a tropical plant, planting outside is limited to southern Florida. You can, however, plant your potted poinsettia outside in northern regions once all danger of frost is past and outside air temperatures will be very warm, usually by June.
When warm, put your potted plant outside in a shady area to get the plant used to outdoor temperatures. After a few days in the shade, it should be safe to actually plant now in a sunny location. If you are in the north, re-pot your plant on September 1 and bring back indoors.