Keep Poinsettias Alive for Years to Come

by on December 18, 2009

A showy poinsettia is a sure sign of the holidays, with its colorful red, white, or pink bracts. But is the poinsettia party over after the festivities fade?

Luckily, the answer is no. There is a way you can keep your poinsettia happy enough to return for another season—it takes some work, but it can be done.

Keep your poinsettia in a spot where it gets at least six hours of indirect sunlight a day. To help the color last, temperatures should be about 60ºF at night and 72ºF during the day. Water when the potting mix feels dry to the touch, and fertilize after it finishes blooming (once the colorful bracts begin to fade).

Follow the rest of our tips to enjoy your poinsettia again next year.

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