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Keeping Poinsettias Healthy

by Jason Adams

Here are some quick tips to help keep your poinsettias in the pink (or red, or white, or whatever color you enjoy) after the holidays:

  • Keep your poinsettia's soil moist at all times, but do not let the plant sit in water.

  • Try to keep a constant temperature around your plant. Do not set it near frequently opened doors or heat vents.

  • Set your poinsettia outdoors once night temperatures reach 55 F or above.

  • When transplanting your poinsettia to a larger pot, use fast-draining potting soil that is rich in organic material.

  • Be sure to keep your plant in indirect artificial light or filtered sunlight.

  • Use a complete fertilizer to fertilize your poinsettia every 2 - 3 weeks.

  • Always cut your poinsettia back 8" in late March or April to promote new growth.

  • Prune your poinsettia during the summer to keep it bushy and compact. Never prune it after September 1.

  • Beginning in October, keep your poinsettia in total darkness for 14 hours a day, then move it into the light for a maximum of 10 hours. Continue doing this for 10 weeks and you'll have beautiful poinsettia blossoms for Christmas.


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