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Keeping Your Poinsettia Year-Round
It’s time to take the tree down, put away the lights, and say “goodbye” to the holidays and “hello” to the New Year.
You don’t have to say goodbye completely… What many people may not know is you can keep your beautiful poinsettias months and sometimes a full year after Christmas.
Firstly, if you haven’t already take that wrapping or foil off and set the flower in a pot or saucer.
Place them in an area that will protect them from cold and hot drafts in the house (examples: near the fireplace, tv, exterior door.)
To get the sun it needs make sure it is never fully in direct sunlight, but rather a bright sunny area. They need up to 6 hours a day of bright indirect sunlight.
Don’t let it dry out! Either water the soil evenly when it seems dry. You could also use Dr. Dirt’s tip and lay a few ice cubes around the soil instead and it’ll water your flower through the day.
Try to avoid letting your flower sit in water. Empty the pot cover or saucer after you water. This will prevent the poinsettia from becoming over watered.
Like most of us, your poinsettia likes to be comfortable. So keep them in an area where the temperature is around 65-70 degrees.
Between end of February and early April (or even before if your plant becomes leggy) make sure to cut the stems back typically 4-6 inches above the soil and repot in a larger container. This might seem scary especially when they just look like twigs, but don’t worry after a few weeks new growth will start to form.
Give your flower some new life and add some fresh sterile potting mix. You can also gradually start to feed your poinsettia an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer every couple of weeks.
During the summer continue to fertilize, water, and clean up as needed. If you like you can now bring your poinsettia outside on your deck or patio, everything needs fresh air from time to time. Plus, it’s a great little conversation starter during a backyard BBQ.
Once fall makes its entrance around September give your flower another pruning, trimming off 2-3 inches to help side branching. You can allow a couple of leaves to remain. It also is time to bring your poinsettia back indoors.
Because poinsettias require shorter days to bloom you need to start by keeping it in complete darkness for about 12-14 hours a day starting in October until Thanksgiving. You can do this by sticking it in a closet or just covering it up with a large box every evening.
After Turkey Day you may let your plant return to it’s original need of 6 hours in indirect sunlight.
Easing up on the fertilizer and watering, you’ll hopefully have a beautiful centerpiece once more for Christmas.
Obviously nothing is guaranteed, but hopefully we’ve helped you try to enjoy your poinsettia for a few more weeks, months, or even a full year!