3 Mistakes to Avoid With Poinsettias This Holiday Season

Poinsettias are a hallmark of the holidays. When they make their seasonal appearance in plant nurseries, greenhouses, and grocery stores across the country you know that the most wonderful time of the year is in full swing. But do you know how to keep your poinsettia alive throughout the holiday season? Avoid these three mistakes when caring for your plant, which we’ve summarized from Better Homes & Gardens.

Keeping Your Poinsettia Plant in a Room That’s Too Hot or Cold

Placing your poinsettia in a room that’s between 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal because the plant enjoys indoor temperatures that are moderately cool. While you may want your poinsettia to have prominent placement in your space be sure to keep it away from the cold drafts of windows and doors. When it comes to heat, avoid situating the plant directly next to a vent, radiator, or fireplace.

Not Giving Your Poinsettia Enough Light

Just like any plant poinsettias need light to live and thrive, so placing yours in an area that’s brightly lit is ideal. Be aware, though, that poinsettias can burn when placed in direct sunlight, so a sunny area where the light doesn’t shine directly on your plant is best.

Potting Your Poinsettia Plant Without Drainage Holes

Giving plants too much water is a common mistake. If you put your poinsettia in a container without drainage holes the roots may sit in water, which can cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop. The roots may even rot and the entire plant could die. So be sure that your container has drainage holes, and if you sit the container atop a saucer regularly pour out any sitting water.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, don’t let your poinsettia’s soil dry out—underwatering can be just as harmful as overwatering. When the soil feels dry to the touch, or your pot feels lightweight, it’s time to water. Aim to keep your plant’s soil moist, but not soggy.

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