Poinsettias are an extremely popular Christmas flower. The plant is fairly easy to look after, provided you only plan to keep it for the holiday season.
If you hope to keep the plant until the next season, it will require a little more care and attention... but that is a discussion for another article.
Light and Temperature
The poinsettia requires bright light. It will also stay in bloom longer if the temperature is a consistent 13-15 C (55-59 F) Keep your poinsettia away from heat sources and drafts.
Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Allow the poinsettia to dry out on the surface between watering. You can water the poinsettia directly from the top, or from below (by placing your poinsettia into a couple of inches of water in the sink and allowing the water to soak into the root system).
Never get water on the leaves of the poinsettia (as they will mark). And, should set your poinsettia in a saucer of water, ensure all the excess water is emptied from it when you have completed watering the plant.
It is not necessary for a poinsettia to be fertilized (due to the fact that you will only keep the plant for a few weeks). If you do want to keep the plant until next season, it should be fed weekly from mid summer to mid autumn with a general plant fertilizer.
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