Once you’ve mastered Thing 1 and Thing 2 in caring for your poinsettia, Thing 3 is pretty simple. The key is to once again remember that poinsettias come from the tropics.
Poinsettias like to be kept 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 mid 20s Celsius and keep it from areas that are too hot or too cold.
Poinsettias will dry it out quickly if they are kept in close proximity to forced air vents and fireplaces. The flowers and leaves dry out – first they curl and then they get crisp like a potato chip.
Also watch for areas that get too cold. An area that is notorious for handing out regular blasts of our subzero freshness is by the front door. 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 problem. When a poinsettia is chilled it will look wilted – this is kind of a poinsettia’s universal sign for displeasure – sometimes they recover but other times they do not, depending on how chilled they get.
Enjoy this traditional Christmas decoration and all of us at Wallish Greenhouses wish you a most delightful Christmas!