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Caring for poinsettias, the Christmas plant, year round

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Poinsettias need constant watering, but not in great quantities. You can water the plant directly in the soil or on the leaves using a mister.
Euphorbia Pulcherrima is the scientific name of one of the most gifted Christmas plants and is always welcome during the holiday time of year: poinsettias.

Originally from Mexico, this plant with flaming red leaves first came into fashion as a Christmas plant at the end of the 19th century, when, due to its bright red color, it was used by local authorities to welcome American ambassadors. The plant has remained popular at Christmas time ever since.

Let’s discover how to take care of this wonderful holiday plant so that it can be appreciated all year round.
Caring for poinsettias, the Christmas plant, year round
photo © Lorna Sass

Christmas Plants: Secrets to Caring for Poinsettias

  • Water
Poinsettias need constant watering, but not in great quantities. You can water the plant directly in the soil or on the leaves using a mister.
  • Light
The Christmas period is the time of year when the flowers bloom; position your plant in a warm, sunny area. The red color of the plant comes from the winter light it receives, no more than 12 hours per day. To see your poinsettias bloom more often watch this useful video or simply adjust the light artificially with a LED lamp for indoor growing.
  • Temperature
Euphorbia Pulcherrima is one of the most famous Christmas plants, but it does not like cold temperatures. Keep your plant in a climate between 15° and 20°.
  • Potting
Once the poinsettia leaves have fallen, its stems and branches must be trimmed. Just cut a few centimeters, around 8 to 11 from the base. If you see a liquid emerge from the branches do not worry: it is normal and can be blocked by applying ashes.
  • Repotting
This is necessary when spring arrives. Use a soil rich in potassium and phosphorus which helps the plant grow. This video demonstrates how to prepare the perfect soil for a poinsettia.

Christmas plants make great gifts! But it is important to know how to care for them all year long.
photo © Lorna Sass

OUR TIP

Poinsettias need constant watering, but not in great quantities. You can water the plant directly in the soil or on the leaves using a mister.
Euphorbia Pulcherrima is the scientific name of one of the most gifted Christmas plants and is always welcome during the holiday time of year: poinsettias.

Originally from Mexico, this plant with flaming red leaves first came into fashion as a Christmas plant at the end of the 19th century, when, due to its bright red color, it was used by local authorities to welcome American ambassadors. The plant has remained popular at Christmas time ever since.

Let’s discover how to take care of this wonderful holiday plant so that it can be appreciated all year round.
Caring for poinsettias, the Christmas plant, year round
photo © Lorna Sass

Christmas Plants: Secrets to Caring for Poinsettias

  • Water
Poinsettias need constant watering, but not in great quantities. You can water the plant directly in the soil or on the leaves using a mister.
  • Light
The Christmas period is the time of year when the flowers bloom; position your plant in a warm, sunny area. The red color of the plant comes from the winter light it receives, no more than 12 hours per day. To see your poinsettias bloom more often watch this useful video or simply adjust the light artificially with a LED lamp for indoor growing.
  • Temperature
Euphorbia Pulcherrima is one of the most famous Christmas plants, but it does not like cold temperatures. Keep your plant in a climate between 15° and 20°.
  • Potting
Once the poinsettia leaves have fallen, its stems and branches must be trimmed. Just cut a few centimeters, around 8 to 11 from the base. If you see a liquid emerge from the branches do not worry: it is normal and can be blocked by applying ashes.
  • Repotting
This is necessary when spring arrives. Use a soil rich in potassium and phosphorus which helps the plant grow. This video demonstrates how to prepare the perfect soil for a poinsettia.

Christmas plants make great gifts! But it is important to know how to care for them all year long.
photo © Lorna Sass