Do you have a big, beautiful, Poinsettia sitting around from Christmas? They make such wonderful gifts and incredible decorations–but, after all the hustle and bustle of the season is done, what do you do with them then? They’re still too pretty to want to, simply, throw out; and, sometimes, they hold a sentimental value that you’re not ready to part with when the plant starts to get old. SO…what is the best way to care for them in order to keep them looking as beautiful as ever? Is it possible to regrow them after the season ends? We checked out HGTV to find a few tips for what to do now…here’s their best advice.
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.)
Top Tip: Leaf Drop
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.
*Random decorating idea that Grandma would approve of? If you have a red, or pink, Poinsettia–they can become an adorable, and slightly unconventional, Valentines decoration. Put a red one in a pink pot, or a pink one in a red pot–add a heart, poke cute Valentines Day decorations into the dirt, hang little hearts from the stems, surround it with Valentine’s decorations, and/or, place it on a cute, heart shaped, paper doily! It’s different, and cute. 🙂(Plus, if you do it right–it could be totally Pinterest worthy.)