Poinsettias: How to Plant, Care, and Re-bloom

Poinsettias are popular during the holidays. They're beautiful, festive, and with proper care, can rebloom for another season.

The Holiday Star

Poinsettias are tropical plants. They thrive in well-draining soil, enriched with organic matter, and require six to eight hours of indirect sunlight.

Planting Location

Plant nursery-grown poinsettias in spring after the frost has passed. Ensure the temperature remains above 50°F to prevent damage.

Planting Time and Method

Poinsettias need six to eight hours of bright, indirect light. Water as needed to keep the soil damp but not wet.

Light and Water

Poinsettias suffer damage when it's colder than 50°F outside. These tropical plants enjoy warmth and humidity in the 50-75 percent range.

Temperature and Humidity

Fertilize poinsettias with compost or well-rotted manure in spring. Prune the poinsettia back by one-third in early spring to promote full growth.

Fertilizer and Pruning

Poinsettias thrive in bright, indirect light. When it outgrows its container, transplant the poinsettia into a pot that's one size larger.

Potting and Repotting

Poinsettias can attract aphids and mealybugs. Treat these with a strong stream of water or an application of insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Pests and Problems

After the holidays, cut back the stems just below the flowers and follow specific care instructions to trigger new flowers and red bracts.

Reblooming Poinsettias

There are over 100 poinsettia varieties. From solid colors to marble, jingle, and rose poinsettias, there's a type to suit every holiday decor.

Types of Poinsettia

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