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3 Easy Things to Keep your Poinsettia Looking Great: Thing 3 – Creature Comfort

The third thing for caring for your poinsettia is just basic comfort. Again, bearing in mind it’s tropical ancestry, it likes to be comfortably warm – not too hot and not too cold – kind of like Goldilocks’ porridge.

Maintain your poinsettia at room temperature, in the high teens to low 20s Celsius and keep it from areas that are too hot or too cold.

Spots like next to warm forced air vents or fireplaces will dry it out quickly, and do a number on the leaves and flowers, desiccating them and making them crispy.

An area that is notorious for being too chilly is right by the front door that opens up to our freezing winter air, giving the poinsettia regular blasts of subzero freshness.  We get that it’s  awesome to have that poinsettia splash of color at the front door to greet company, but set it back a little further into the house. Draughty window ledges and cold window panes offer the same.  When a poinsettia is chilled it will look wilted – sometimes they recover but other times they do not.

Enjoy this traditional Christmas decoration and all of us at Wallish Greenhouses wish you a most delightful Christmas!

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3 Easy Things to Keep Your Poinsettia Looking Great: Thing 2 – Hold the Water!

Once your poinsettia is home and unpacked, the next big thing is to not over-water it. Over-watering is a very clear and present danger to poinsettias at this time. Being from the tropics where the soil base is very thin, they are actually a plant that is used to being kept on the drier side.

Wait to water until the soil is dry and the pot weight is light, which should happen about every 4-7 days.

When that happens, water it thoroughly with clear water (fertilizer is unnecessary at this time) so that it drains out from the bottom of the pot.  You can do this in either of 2 ways:

  • Water at the top of the pot, do not water the leaves

OR

  • Take the foil cover off of the pot and place the pot in a bowl of about 3” of water to take up moisture from the bottom.

Let it drain thoroughly and check it daily by lifting it up to see how heavy it is.

More poinsettias have died from over-watering than under-watering.

When poinsettias are over watered they look wilted and the temptation is to water them more but then the cycle of over-watering starts. So, whenever your poinsettia looks slightly wilted (we call that flagging), lift the pot to assess its weight and that will give you a clue as to whether it’s over or under in the watering category.

3 Easy Things to Keep Your Poinsettia Looking Great: Thing 1 – Keep It Warm!

Few things ring Christmas in like a beautiful poinsettia!  But how to keep it that way?  This is the first in a 3 part miniseries on keeping your poinsettia looking great.

Actually, the key to keeping poinsettias beautiful is to understand their tropical heritage, thus, freezing your poinsettia on its way home is the #1 threat in our Edmonton area.  Poinsettias originate from the tropics, so the cold can paralyze them. If a poinsettia gets chilled it will look wilted – like it needs water.

Well.

How to get it home toasty warm?

First of all, make picking up your poinsettia the last thing on your errand list, so your vehicle is warm and it won’t have to wait anywhere in the cold while other errands are being run and then take it out of your vehicle first when you arrive to your destination.

In transport, make sure that your poinsettia is bundled up!  Poinsettias should be wrapped up in layers, just like we dress in layers to stay warm.

The first layer should be a paper sleeve.  This sleeve will give it the initial layer to protect it from damage and the cold.

And second, a plastic gusset bag should be placed over that – no more of that walking through a parking lot with just an open cellophane sleeve – to give an additional layer of insulation.

When you have your poinsettia inside; to unwrap it, don’t bother with trying to wiggle it out of the top of the paper sleeve, just tear the sleeve off – it will, again, result in less damage.

Once home safe & warm, you’re up to 90% in poinsettia care success.

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