Poinsettia care tips

Celebrate the traditional Christmas plant – Poinsettia

So you have your festive wreath and your tree. What about a festive plant? Well, it has to be the bright red poinsettia and these are the top tips to keep yours looking pristine this December:

  1. Make sure you buy a healthy plant, the roots of which are not spilling out through the base of the pot. Unwrap it as soon as you get them home.
  2. Place it in a light spot, but not in direct sunlight. If direct sunlight hits the plant, reposition it. Poinsettias should be kept warm, ideally between 13-22C.
  3. The most common cause of failure is over-watering. Let the upper half of the compost become dry before watering thoroughly.
  4. Mist the leaves frequently as poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima), which are native to Mexico and Central America, need moist air.
  5. If your poinsettia starts to wilt and is as dry as a bone, soak the rootball in warm water, which may revive it.