Holidays abound with beautiful flowering plants, and poinsettias are a perennial favorite. Here are some tips on caring for your poinsettia.
- Poinsettias prefer indirect light, and are happiest when they receive about 6 hours of light a day.
- If near a window, be sure that no part of the poinsettia plant will touch the panes of glass, as the chill will cause injury to the stems, bracts and leaves.
- Avoid warm air from radiators or fire places blowing on poinsettias, or cold drafts from open doors or windows.
- Poinsettia plants enjoy daytime temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees, and night temperatures of about 55 degrees.
- Check the moisture level daily. Water when soil feels dry, and empty any water left in the saucer after an hour.
For more information on care and how to get a poinsettia to rebloom please see http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/.