Every year my family enjoys the beauty of poinsettias. April: Starting April 1, gradually decrease water, allowing the soil to get dry between waterings. Poinsettia. After the holidays and once blooming has ceased, limit the amount of watering so the plant can go dormant until spring. How to Make Poinsettias Last Longer Poinsettia plants are part of Christmas as much as mistletoe, pudding, trees and turkey. Poinsettias might seem short-lived because they usually start dropping their brightly-colored bracts (the modified leaves that often get mistaken for petals) and looking sparse soon after the holidays are over, but today's varieties actually last much longer than they did even a few years ago. The tips will make them last longer but not indefinitely. moonlake from America on November 20, 2012: Enjoyed your hub and the information on poinsettias I didn't know most of it. Not about to let that Diptyque wax go to waste. Poinsettia bracts surround its true flowers, which are small and nondescript. Ever had a poinsettia lose its leaves soon after you brought it home? Yes, found that out when I was pregnant with my oldest many years ago., that was hardly ever watered. Hang out with Mavis & Lucy right in your Inbox! When poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) make their appearance on the shelves, you know the holidays are near. The yellow in the consider indicates that the flower is nice and fresh—a good way to make sure it’ll be healthy and last much longer. I like both but prefer white. Overwatering is one of the biggest mistakes people make with this plant. Allow the pot to drain thoroughly and then return it to its tray. :) -Liz. During the daytime, the ideal temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while at night the plant should be exposed to slightly cooler temperatures of about 55 degrees F. When you think “poinsettia plant,” you think Christmas. Today you’ll learn everything you’ll need … Examine the true flowers--the yellow blooms at the base of the bracts. Hope the tips help you make your poinsettias last. Jill likes cooking, writing, painting, & stewardship, and studies gardening through MD Master Gardener & Master Naturalist programs. When you're selecting your poinsettias, pick ones that have the flowers in the center that aren't open, this way the whole plant will last a lot longer for you. [6] --Jill. Restoring a dormant poinsettia to color, however, is labor-intensive work. How to Pick the Perfect Poinsettia. Note: If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear, use a clear soda, like Sprite or 7-Up. Water your poinsettia frequently but don't drown it. Just follow these simple rules: Light: Place your poinsettias in an area where they'll receive a minimum of six hours of bright (but not direct) sunlight each day. If you have never taken the time to look up how to care for poinsettias {please imagine me raising my hand here}, here’s a quick and dirty guide to making them last much longer–maybe those pretty pink, red, and yellow leaves can actually sustain you through the long dreary lifeless winter. --Jil. Taking the foil off the bottom, I would not of thought of thanks for the tip. 4. Informative hub. Faythe Payne from USA on November 24, 2012: thank you for the information., my husband just this morning brought home a beautiful Poinsettia..I'm hoping with fingers crossed I can keep it that way. Poinsettia care is easy throughout the holidays. Explore. }. Look for full leaves and deep colors. Q. You have the poinsettia home, now what? Poinsettia plants are part of Christmas as much as pudding, trees and turkey. Poinsettias are cheery plants that are widely grown indoors over Christmas for their brightly coloured bracts. In fact, poinsettia plants may require water every other day. Poinsettias are the same, whether purchased at a grocery store or at an upscale florist. To maintain the health of the plant, preserve the pretty wrapper and allow drainage, cut away the material that covers the bottom of the pot, leaving the wrapper sleeve intact. Place your poinsettia in pitch black dark from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. without interrupting this dark period with any light. {Little tip:  the colored red, pink, etc. Yep. I’ve had the same poinsettia plant in my window for the past two years- this will be its third Christmas season in my house. When pruning and re-potting poinsettias, be sure to wear gloves. It's been outside all year and has been doing well, but now it's falling apart. News Tips on how to make your poinsettia last well beyond Christmas More than six million poinsettias are sold every year in the UK, most to die a slow, horrible death, due to unscrupulous retailers. The plants can be moved outside in June and during the summer, but keep them away from direct sunlight. If you set them next to the door, watch out for repeated cold drafts. This hub seems full of great advice for caring for a poinsettia and lots of people will love it, but I wonder if it's too late to extend the life of this year's poinsettias? How to Select a Good Poinsettia. I'd miss the snow too much. In order for those red or white flowers to last more than a month, poinsettias require more than … Bracts are leaf-life structures that grow around a plant's actual flowers. Otherwise, they drop their leaves at an incredible rate. Place the poinsettia in a dark place for about 14 hours a night, starting in early fall. If you want a poinsettia to last for 6 weeks inside your home, go with red. Thank you for an informative hub because I didn't know the plant is poisonous! The lifespan of a poinsettia depends on what you are referring to and how you take care of it. This year we had small red leaves, they didnt last long (3 weeks ..ish), and now all have shrivelled up with only branches on the tree, looking almost dead!In Australia we … Nice to hear from you, J. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2012: I planted one of the real poinsettia plants outside after the Christmas season last year and it is growing and looks very healthy. Like Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns), poinsettias exude a poisonous latex-like sap that can irritate skin. Faythe Payne from USA on November 24, 2012: thank you for the information., my husband just this morning brought home a beautiful Poinsettia..I'm hoping with fingers crossed I can keep it that way. With care, they will put on a beautiful show throughout the holidays as they grow. Poinsettia. But they don't like soil that's sopping wet. Beautiful photos! More clever uses for soda » Young poinsettias have small bracts with undeveloped flowers at their centers. Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 19, 2012: This is a wonderful piece. Along with Christmas trees, snowmen and gingerbread houses, these decorative, colorful plants make … Poinsettia Care Basics: Make sure to start with healthy plants. It traps water, preventing the excess from draining away. --Jill, Hey suzzycue! Happy holidays! Later! Lots of bright, direct light will fade colorful poinsettia bracts—permanently. I’m super excited about my latest creation because it is so easy! They are happy to be in a cooler spot {between 55-65 at night, so don’t worry if you drop your temperature at night}, Watering. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on November 19, 2012: Hi aviannovice. Jill, @ Peggy W-- You really have a green thumb! An indication that they’re wilting is when you see that the leaves haven’t yellowed. --Jill. Poinsettias that are exposed to temperatures under 50 degrees F (10 degrees Celcius) often drop their leaves. Ha. In May, repot the poinsettia into a larger vessel, and place the plant in a sunny window. Brightly colored poinsettia "flowers" are actually modified leaves called bracts. {Seems like an oxymoron, I know, but keep them in a well-lit room, away from the window}, If you really want them to last {6-8 weeks or so}, you may want to consider fertilizing them after they bloom. Feb 11, 2020 Sanchi Oberoi. Water it enough, and make sure it drains For such a schedule, continue normal watering of the soil until the first of April, and then allow it to dry gradually.