Believe 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
A few things to keep in mind about the 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. Lets face it, the poor red and garden traditional holiday plant will always be about Christmas. My plant had green on it from December through May when I accidentally left it in my greenhouse on the top shelf on a really sunny day. It dried out and I just didn’t feel like nursing it back to health because poinsettia plants are inexpensive and easy to find in my area each year. 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 live 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 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!
After The Holidays
This is a 3 year old Poinsettia growing naturally in my geodesic bio dome 12/17
After the Christmas season leaves will begin to drop as they are suppose to. Be prepared to let the plant rest in a cooler and some what shaded location. When the temperature outdoors reach 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.