Poinsettias are always a delightful addition to any holiday décor. They are beautiful on their own or mixed into a container. Here are some tips to get yours home safely and keep it healthy through the season.
Poinsettias are not fond of the cold. When you are transporting it try not to expose it to chilling winds or temperatures under 50 degrees. A sleeve or oversized shopping bag should provide enough protection.
Once it’s home it will be happiest in a room 68-70 degrees. Avoid placing them near appliances, fireplaces, ventilation ducts or drafty areas. It prefers indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours per day. If direct sunlight can’t be avoided, diffuse the light with a shade or sheer curtain.
Water it when it is dry to the touch; they like to dry out between watering. Never overwater your plant or let it sit in standing water. The best way to ensure this is to remove it from any decorative container when watering and let the water drain completely from the plastic pot before putting it back. Your poinsettia will not need fertilizer until after the blooming season.
In addition to poinsettias there are many other blooms to enjoy indoors this time of year! Forcing paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs is easy and Christmas cactus is a fun and unique plant. As always, orchids never disapoint! They are gorgeous, and the blooms will last well beyond the holiday season.