Poinsettias are the quintessential Christmas flower. No home is ready for the holidays without them. However, when you buy your poinsettias on December 1st, you want to make sure that they can last up until December 25th, or even longer. To do so, you need to properly care for them with the following tips:
Let there be light
Poinsettias originate from Central America (they were actually used by the Aztecs for medicinal purposes). As such, they require more light than other winter plants. Place your poinsettias in east-facing rooms nearby a window, making sure that the plant doesn’t touch the cold windowpane, as this could harm them.
Keep the room comfortable
In order for them to truly flourish, poinsettias need to be kept in a comfortable temperature range. Try to keep the room between 65 and 70 during the day, and then 60 to 65 during the night. While dropping the temperature during the night isn’t absolutely necessary, it will help your poinsettias preserve their brilliant color.
Water when the soil feels dry
Poinsettias prefer their soil to stay moist and not dry out all of the way. In order to know when the water it, then, pat the top of the soil. If it feels dry, then give it some water, allowing the water to drain through the pot as you do so. There may be some decorative foil around your poinsettia. If this is the case, then remove the foil before watering.