The Poinsetia’s are in, and they are gorgeous! We have huge ones, and small ones, and several sizes in-between, too. They make such wonderful Christmas gifts and are incredible decorations for around your own home, or office; however, do you actually have any idea how to care for them to make sure they stay fresh and beautiful? We checked out HGTV to find a few tips for what to do now…here’s their best advice. If you’re looking to order any for delivery, or even pickup, check out our website. You can order one, or two Poinsettia’s at a time. (Or you can call us for a special order.)
Find the Ideal Spot
To keep them looking good, give poinsettias a sunny, south-facing windowsill or bright filtered light. Don’t press them close to a cold windowpane however, because this can damage the leaves. Keep them at about 68 degrees F during the day, and cooler at night, to prolong the display. (We here, at Main Floral, have also learned to keep them away from things like radiators, and any appliance that gives off heat. They like their dirt to stay moist–putting them by something warm dries them out quite quickly.)
It’s common for a few poinsettia leaves to turn yellow and drop off when you first bring them home. Don’t be alarmed — the plant is just reacting to its new living conditions.
Watering and Feeding
Poinsettias should be watered regularly and kept evenly moist. Never let plants sit in water; always empty their saucers or planters shortly after watering.
Getting Poinsettias to Bloom Again
With proper poinsettia care after Christmas, you can get a plant to perform again. Water it until mid-spring, then let it dry out and allow the stems to shrivel. Keep it cool. At the end of spring, cut all growth to a couple of inches above the soil and re-pot it in new soil. Water well and keep it warm, feeding it with houseplant fertilizer when new growth appears. A month later, move the plant outside to a shady location, pinching out the growing tips in midsummer, before returning it indoors. Give it a sunny spot, watering and feeding regularly; then from mid-autumn, keep the plant in total darkness between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. It will then re-flower and produce colorful bracts.
If You’re Transporting Them Outside…
Poinsettia’s are fragile in the sense where the cold can damage them. If you’re bringing the flower elsewhere this holiday season, make sure you cover it with a plastic bag, and have it outside as little as possible.