How to Care for Poinsettias Year-Round

Poinsettias bloom in the winter and can last until April.  During this time, poinsettias require a lot of water. About a glass of water a day and should be placed in areas with plenty of sunlight.  Once the plant starts to fall, you should cut the stems four to six inches from the ground and re pot the plant in a pot two the three times the plant size with a good potting mix. At this time, the poinsettia should be watered weekly and placed in a dark cool place, such as in the basement or garage.

In the summer, you can put the plant outdoors or you can keep it indoor, if you enjoy its foliage. Poinsettias can get very large, so by taking tips of the mother plant and dipping the cut end in root-growth hormones you can report smaller plants for the upcoming fall-winter seasons. In the fall, the plant should be brought back indoors to avoid freezing. Once again, the plant should be in a bright location that resembles outdoor lighting. The poinsettia plant will not tolerate rapid temperature changes, so keep the temperature of the room between 68-72 degrees F. Once December rolls around again your poinsettia should begin flowering again and should be watered regularly.

If you are preparing for a wedding, poinsettias are perfect wedding centerpieces.  They add a punch of color and come in red and white for contrast.  Poinsettias can also be added to bouquets as gifts or wedding bouquets for a bride and the bridesmaid bouquets for a festive touch during winter weddings.

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