All Posts   Posted:   November 25, 2015

Poinsettias are a beautiful way to bring blooms indoors, transform a space into a holiday wonderland or say 'Merry Christmas' with a living gift. We have poinsettias available in every color and size imaginable. With a little TLC, you can keep your poinsettia happy through the holidays and beyond.

Poinsettia Care Tips:

Light: Your poinsettia will thrive best in bright light. Keep plants near a sunny window or in a brightly lit area.

Water: Check poinsettia frequently. When the top of the soil just starts to dry, water thoroughly with warm water until water seeps through drain holes. Poinsettias should be kept evenly moist at all times. Don't allow them to sit in water, and never let them dry out completely.

Temperature: The ideal temperature is 72 degrees daytime and low 60's at night. Poinsettias are sensitive to drafts and sudden changes in temperature. Avoid placing them by open windows or near a heater vent. When you purchase your poinsettias, don't let them sit in a cold car while you do other errands - even a couple of hours in a  car when it's in the 30's outside could ruin your beautiful plant.

Humidity: Poinsettias will do better if humidity is kept at 50% or higher. Very dry, hot air can damage the plants.

Fertilizing: Poinsettias should be fertilized every 7-10 days to maintain their beauty. Use a complete water-soluble fertilizer - 20-20-20 or 15-30-15 is best.

Life After the Holidays: With proper care your poinsettia may remain in bloom and attractive for several months. Unfortunately, poinsettias will not live outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. It is possible to grow them as house plants, but it is very tricky to get them to bloom again. Here's how: after the blooms have faded, pinch your plant back to six inches or so. Move to a slightly larger pot and place near a sunny window. Continue to water and fertilize as above. After September 1st, poinsettias must have 14 hours of uninterrupted darkness every day to set new blooms. If you miss even a day, or turn room lights on during the darkness period, the plant will not set blooms.

Poinsettias are a beautiful way to bring blooms indoors, transform a space into a holiday wonderland or say 'Merry Christmas' with a living gift. We have poinsettias available in every color and size imaginable. With a little TLC, you can keep your poinsettia happy through the holidays and beyond.

Poinsettia Care Tips:

Light: Your poinsettia will thrive best in bright light. Keep plants near a sunny window or in a brightly lit area.

Water: Check poinsettia frequently. When the top of the soil just starts to dry, water thoroughly with warm water until water seeps through drain holes. Poinsettias should be kept evenly moist at all times. Don't allow them to sit in water, and never let them dry out completely.

Temperature: The ideal temperature is 72 degrees daytime and low 60's at night. Poinsettias are sensitive to drafts and sudden changes in temperature. Avoid placing them by open windows or near a heater vent. When you purchase your poinsettias, don't let them sit in a cold car while you do other errands - even a couple of hours in a  car when it's in the 30's outside could ruin your beautiful plant.

Humidity: Poinsettias will do better if humidity is kept at 50% or higher. Very dry, hot air can damage the plants.

Fertilizing: Poinsettias should be fertilized every 7-10 days to maintain their beauty. Use a complete water-soluble fertilizer - 20-20-20 or 15-30-15 is best.

Life After the Holidays: With proper care your poinsettia may remain in bloom and attractive for several months. Unfortunately, poinsettias will not live outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. It is possible to grow them as house plants, but it is very tricky to get them to bloom again. Here's how: after the blooms have faded, pinch your plant back to six inches or so. Move to a slightly larger pot and place near a sunny window. Continue to water and fertilize as above. After September 1st, poinsettias must have 14 hours of uninterrupted darkness every day to set new blooms. If you miss even a day, or turn room lights on during the darkness period, the plant will not set blooms.