As the holidays pass, they usually take with them the colorful blooms
of the poinsettia plant. There are ways, however, to extend the life
and blooms of the plant. Here are some tips:
The plant can be moved outside in the spring.
- Place the poinsettia
in a sunny window.
- Do not let any part of
the plant touch cold window panes.
- Indoor temperatures
from 60F to 70F are ideal for long plant life.
- High temperatures will
shorten the life of the colorful bracts.
- Water only when the
soil is dry.
- Placing your
poinsettia in a cool room (55F to 60F) at night will extend blooming
- Do not fertilize when
plant is in bloom.
- Avoid temperature
fluctuations and warm or cold drafts.
key is to do it at the right time," said Jane Scherer, University
of Illinois Extension urban programs specialist. "Move your poinsettia
plant outdoors when all danger of frost has passed. Place it in a sunny
area but where it will get moderate shade in the afternoon."
The plant should be fertilized once a month with a water-soluble
To get a poinsettia to bloom you have to keep it in total darkness
between 5 pm and 8 am. Start this around October 1 and continue until
color shows on the bracts, usually around early to mid-December. Any
exposure to light can prevent flowering. Covering the plant with a
light-proof bag and placing it in a closet may work. Nighttime
temperatures above 70-75F can decay or prevent flowering.
Before watering, be sure to remove foil covering drain holes before
watering. Water only when the soil is dry. Do not let the poinsettia
wilt. Do not let it sit with water in the saucer. Empty the saucer.
direct from the grower
Ecke Poinsettia Manual
and Garden Center