They can last through February!
- Keep poinsettias away from warm or cold drafts from radiators, air registers or open doors and windows.
- Ideally poinsettias require daytime temperatures of 60 to 70°F and night time temperatures around 55°F. High temperatures will shorten the plant’s life. Move the plant to a cooler room at night, if possible.
- Check the soil daily. Be sure to punch holes in foil so water can drain into a saucer. Water when soil is dry. Allow water to drain into the saucer and discard excess water.
- Fertilize the poinsettia if you keep it past the holiday season. Apply a houseplant fertilizer once a month.
Late Winter – Early Spring
- Cut back each of the old flowering stems to 4 to 6 inches in height. Do this in February or early March. This will promote new growth.
Print out this tip sheet calendar “Poinsettia Reflowering Sheet” to keep as a reminder of the next steps in keeping your poinsettia and bringing your poinsettia back to flower for next December.
Your Garden in the Fall
Still-warm soil and relatively cool air temperatures promote healthy root growth in plants that return each year. Check out our Fall gardening tips.Fall Articles