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4 Basic Tips to Keep a Poinsettia Blooming Indoors

poinsettia in windowboxBelieve it or not, it is very easy to care for poinsettia plants indoors during the holiday season.  In this post, I share 4 Basic Tips to Keep a Poinsettia Blooming Indoors.

4 Basic Tips to Keep a Poinsettia Blooming Indoors

red poinsettia in bloom

A few things to keep in mind about keeping the poinsettia blooming is that today’s varieties are more compact, durable, and long-lasting. Poinsettias prefer to be out in the warm sunshine ( hello …. who doesn’t?).  I must admit, the longest I have been able to tolerate a poinsettia living in my Ohio home and garden is 6 months. Let’s face it, the poor red and garden traditional holiday plant will always be about Christmas.    Although it might be fun to try and plant one out in my summer garden this year so I’m going to try my best to keep the plants I have a life this season.

A Few Basic Tips From My Experience To Keep Poinsettia Plant Blooming 

1.  The plant-soil likes to be moist but not too wet. Soggy soil will result in sudden leaf drop, and allowing the plant to become bone dry will result in the decline of the plant.

2. The poinsettia flowers are the tiny yellow center of the plant.  Be sure they are not open yet when you purchase the plant so it will last longer during the holiday season.

3. The poinsettia blooming plant loves humidity!  Yellowing or brown leaves are most likely caused by dry air.  Try misting the plant daily to keep it happy during the holiday season to keep poinsettia blooming.

4. The poinsettia plant doesn’t like too much of a draft and loves light!

mix it up with houseplants

5. I feel like the poinsettia enjoys being with other houseplants when indoors so be sure to mix it up when planting!

After The Holidays

After the Christmas season leaves will begin to drop as they are supposed to.  Be prepared to let the plant rest in a cooler and somewhat shaded location.  When the temperature outdoors reaches the 60’s F the plant can be moved outdoors into a shaded location in well-fertilized moist soil.  The poinsettia will continue to bloom at this time.  Taking care of something green and being able to help it bloom again is a rewarding experience.  I hope you will be able to share how to poinsettia blooming with your family and friends this Christmas season.

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2 responses to “4 Basic Tips to Keep a Poinsettia Blooming Indoors”

  1. Wendy Doran says:

    I live in Lima, Ohio and have never had any luck keeping my poinsettias alive after Christmas so I will try your tips. Thx.

  2. Bren Haas says:

    Do the poinsettias do not like direct sunlight. In the dome greenhouse during the winter I keep my poinsettias facing north – they are getting LOTS of indirect light.

    I hope this helps you grow poinsettia successfully!

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