Poinsettias are some of the most recognizable Christmas flora, and why not? They have bright red petals and green leaves — the epitome of Christmas spirit. That’s partway true: the red petals are actually leaves called bracts. They help guide bees to pollinate the yellow flowers in the middle of the plant.
So how do you care for your poinsettia after the holidays pass? Here are some essential tips on how to care for your holiday plant after the holidays.
Place Near A Window
Poinsettias are tropical plants, so they will thrive best under direct sunlight.
The ideal temperature for poinsettias is between 65F-75F
Water whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but do not let the plant sit in water.
Post-Christmas Poinsettia Care
Most holiday poinsettias start to wilt just after Christmastime, but if you’re willing to put in more work, then:
March: Gradually reduce watering. Prune hard back once the plant drops its leaves and keep fairly dry.
May: Increase watering. Re-pot when new shoots start to develop.
October: Put the plants in 12 hours of light each day. For the remaining 12 hours, they need to be kept in darkness at a minimum temperature of 65F.
Repeat these tips for as long as the plant still has life. It might be unheard of to you, but you really can keep poinsettias year-round — or at least long enough to return any holiday gifts you don’t want.