Outdoor Living

How to care for your Poinsettia

Text by Monique Rampton

This popular Christmas plant can be enjoyed for many years if it is given the proper care.
Here are a few “easy to follow” tips:
Place the plant in a draft-free area where it gets sun for half of the day. The poinsettia prefers cooler nights and warmer days.
Let the soil dry out a bit between watering, and don’t fertilize.
Re-pot and cut back the faded bracts in summer.
How do you get your plant to bloom again for Christmas?
Starting around September 21 until the end of October, give your plant 9-10 hours of bright, indirect or sunny light, followed by 14-15 hours of complete darkness (Hint: to make it easy, cover it up at 5 p.m., uncover at 7-8 a.m. the next morning)
After this routine, treat your plant like usual and it should look lovely for Christmas!

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