5 tricks to care for a poinsettia to keep it blooming long after the holidays are over

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With its vibrant red and green leaves, the poinsettia has become synonymous with the holiday season. However, with a few tricks, you can extend the beauty of this iconic plant long after the holidays. Let's delve into the secrets of how to care for a poinsettia and keep it blooming until the New Year and beyond.

With a little care and strategic attention, it can be yours Christmas star more than just a fleeting holiday decoration. learn to how to care for a poinsettia. By implementing these tricks, you can get these holiday plants to extend their vibrant displays well into the new year and beyond. So go ahead, nurture poinsettias and may their beauty constantly remind you of the joy and warmth that transcends the holiday season.

How to care for a poinsettia?

1. Light and location

Christmas stars they thrive in strong indirect light. Place them near a window where they can enjoy filtered sunlight. Don't expose them direct sunlight for a long time, as it can cause leaf burns. Do not place it near drafts, such as vents and open windows, as sudden temperature changes can stress the plant.


With their vibrant red and green leaves, poinsettias have become synonymous with the holiday season. Photo. Charlotte/Unsplash

2. The wisdom of watering

Excessive watering is a common mistake. Allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings, and make sure it drains well when you water. Poinsettias do not like wet soil, they prefer a moist environment. Place a tray filled with water and pebbles near the plant, yes create a humid microclimate.

3. Trimming for long-lasting beauty

When the holiday season ends, Christmas trim the star gently. Prune the plant to encourage bushiness. Focus on cutting the stems to about 6-8 inches above ground level. Pinch off the tips of new growth every few weeks throughout the year. This encourages branching and ensures a fuller and more vigorous plant.

4. Fertilization

Feed the poinsettia with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce feeding in late autumn and winter, when the plant is resting. Follow the recommended dosage on the fertilizer package and avoid over-fertilizing as it can cause salt build-up in the soil.

5. Transition to darkness

Expose yours about 6-8 weeks into the fall poinsettias in total darkness 12-14 hours a day. Cover the plant with a box or place it in a dark cupboard. This mimics its natural conditions and encourages the vibrant colors associated with the festive season.

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