If you want to know how to look after a poinsettia indoors:
- Put it in a well-lit room, out of direct sunlight.
- Keep it away from draughts.
- Keep the soil damp, not wet; water it a little when the top layers of soil are dry.
- Keep your home warm, ideally between 16 and 22°C.
The poinsettia is a gorgeous festive addition to a home, but it’s also native to Mexico, so looking after poinsettia plants may seem daunting in a colder climate. You’re unlikely to see a thriving poinsettia in a British garden in December, but there’s no reason you can’t keep one indoors. Here’s how to look after a poinsettia plant.
How to keep poinsettias alive until next Christmas
If you just want to know how to keep poinsettias alive through Christmas, the above advice should help see you through. If you want the same poinsettia next year, though, there are a few things you’ll need to do to keep it looking its best.
- Prune the poinsettia in March or April.
- If it’s looking a little cramped, move it into a slightly larger pot in early summer.
- Put the pot outside over summer, somewhere sheltered, where the sunlight won’t be too direct.
- Bring it indoors when the weather starts to turn colder.
- Around October, as winter approaches, you’ll want the leaves to turn red again. The technique for this is pretty interesting: give it normal daylight in the daytime, but put it in complete darkness at night. Keep doing this for a few weeks, until it’s looking vibrant and red.
Of course, the festive season might need more plant care knowledge than how to look after a poinsettia. Check out our guide to real Christmas tree care.