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Caring for Your Poinsettia Year-Round

 

Once poinsettias are out and about, we know the holidays are upon us.

The bright plants are everywhere you look! As the holiday season begins to wind down, you may assume that tossing your beautiful poinsettia is the only option. Not true! If you’d like to get your poinsettia to rebloom next year, follow this month-by-month nurturing schedule from sheknows. It's well worth the money saved rather than buying new ones every year!

 

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, & MARCH:

Water the plant as you would any other. Make sure to never allow the soil to dry.

 

APRIL:

Beginning April 1, gradually decrease water, allowing the soil to get dry between watering. After the plant becomes accustomed to the drying process, move the plant to a cool place (about 60 degrees F). It’s important you water very little, never allowing the soil to be soaked or to sit in water.

 

MAY:

Once mid-May comes around, cut all the stems back to about 4 inches. Repot the plant into a bigger pot and water well to wake it up. Now move the plant to the sunniest spot in your house and continue to water regularly.

 

JUNE:

Move your plant outside to a partially shaded area and continue to water.

 

JULY:

Cut back each stem to avoid the plant becoming too lanky.

 

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER:

Pinch or cut them back to a small handful of leaves on each shoot. Bring the plant back inside to a sunny spot and continue watering.

 

OCTOBER:

To limit sunlight, October 1 until almost the end of November, keep your plant in complete darkness from 5 pm to 8 am. 

 

NOVEMBER:

Keep the poinsettia in the window full time for the last week of November.

 

DECEMBER:

Continue watering and bask in your successful nurturing skills as your plant re-blooms!

 

Check out the detailed instructions here to ensure you get the most out of your plant!

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