Are you looking to grow a holiday plant? Here’s a detailed Poinsettia Care Tips & Growing Guide that will help you grow it to its full potential!

One of the most popular holiday plants is Poinsettias. The Poinsettia Care Tips and Growing Guide is helpful if you want it to survive the festive season.

Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima

Common Names: Mexican flameleaf, Poinsettia, Christmas star

USDA Zones: 9–11

Poinsettia 

The Poinsettia plant is a shrub that blooms in clusters of small flowers and red-colored floral bracts, which are modified leaves. The Mexican Flameleaf is a plant that was forced into bloom just in time for the holiday.

Best Types of Poinsettias

Prestige Maroon: A darker shade of the standard red poinsettias with large oak-shaped leaves.

Prestige Maroon: A darker shade of the standard red poinsettias with large oak-shaped leaves.

The Princettia Red bracts have a hot pink hue and are lined with white lines.

The Vikings Red is known for its cold tolerance.

The Viking Red poinsettias have rounded edges and exotic colored bracts.

The creamy white to yellow bracts of the Classic White is in a slightly upright position. The classic white Poinsettia thrives in warm climates.

A creamy white to yellowish bracts is displayed in this Classic White. Poinsettias are tolerant of Warmer climates.

The variety of poinsettia shown in the picture is called Princettia Pure White. The dark green foliage contrasts the look of it. There is a rumour that there is a person who will be killed in the building

The name suggests that the variety of poinsettia shows pure white leaves with green veins. A sharp contrast to its appearance is the dark green foliage.

This cultivar has red-veined bracts in pale pink and green colors. a

Christmas Beauty Nostalgia has red-veined bracts in pale pink and green shades.

One of the best varieties are ruffled bracts that appear pale yellow and pink.

One of the best poinsettias has ruffled bracts which are either pale yellow or pink shades.

The bright red oak-shaped bracts are the same color as Jingle Bells. TheJingle Bells will add a merry vibe to your space. There will be a

This is a Poinsettia with bright red and white colored oak-shaped bracts. ‘Jingle Bells’ will add the right vibe to your space.

The pink color of the wavy variety has yellow veins. There is a

The pink shade with yellow veins is what the peppermint ruffled variety looks like.

A unique cultivar that shows small dark red bracts is called Carousel Dark Red. The dark green leaves are strong.

The small dark red wavy bracts of the Carousel Dark Red are a unique variety. The dark green leaves are sturdy.

 Propagating Poinsettias 

Stem cutting and planting seeds are the two methods of plant propagation for Poinsettia.

From Seeds

Get seeds from a local nursery or a garden center.

Sow the seeds in a seed starting mix.

Moisten the growing medium evenly and keep the pot where it gets bright, indirect light.

The seeds will germinate in 2-4 weeks.

From Cuttings

Snip off 4-6 inches long cutting from a healthy plant.

Dip the end in a rooting hormone and plant it in a well-draining growing medium.

Place the cuttings in a spot that receives bright but indirect sunlight.

Cover the container with a plastic cover to enhance humidity.

The cuttings will root in 4-5 weeks.

Poinsettia Care Tips & Growing Guide

Location

It is best to place the plant at a location that gets 3-4 hours of sun. Make sure you don’t expose it to harsh light. The best window is east-facing. Place the plant to its side near a window.

Soil

Garden soil is not a good place for growing Poinsettias. Always grow something that is light and draining. You can buy a quality mix.

Watering

When the top of the plant feels dry to touch, it needs water. Water the soil thoroughly until it goes through a hole in the container’s drainage system.

Overwatering has the potential to kill the plant and wilt the leaves, so avoid it at all costs.

Temperature

Poinsettias do well in a temperature range of 65-75F. The plant should be kept away from cold or hot drafts.

Poinsettia Plant Care

Fertilizer

Feeding the plant during bloom can be harmful. fertilize it with a balanced blend of 20-20 in 4-7 weeks. If you can get the plant to show new leaves, then there is more chance of increasing frequencies.

Do follow the instructions on the label for the right dosage.

Pruning

Around April it would be a good idea to cut back on the plant’s growth. Pruning it is necessary if you want to keep it small. It is important to mist the plant after a change of weather. It will help the plant dry out.

You can back the stem by squeezing it at its end. The plant will be bushier. If you touch the plant in September it will prevent its bloom.

Pests and Diseases

Whiteflies, mealybugs and thrips are all endemic to Poinsettias. Get rid of them with an insecticidal soap or oil.

It is important to keep the plant safe from diseases by keeping it at an airy location and avoiding over watering.

How to Rebloom Poinsettias After Christmas?

Poinsettia foliage is great, but people want to make them bloom again after the holidays. It is possible to make a plant flower again with the right care. Here is how to do it.

When the top soil feels dry, it is not necessary to do much other than water. Don’t water the plant.

Let the soil go dry a bit more in April by watering less. The stems should not get dry in the process. After 1-2 weeks, keep the plant in a place with no sun for 12 hours. To maintain a temperature of 60 degrees, you must keep it above 65.

When using a fresh mix for re-potting, May is when it’s the most convenient. Cut the stems by 3-4 inches while re-potting. It is better to keep it at a location that gets light from an east-facing window. The plant needs a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees. It should be fertilize with a 20-20 blend once in 2 weeks. Follow the instructions in that label.

There’s nothing to do in June so keep the plant indoors. Continue to water it when the topsoil is a bit dry.

The right time to pinch back the stems is in July. It will force the plant to grow more stems, while keeping it compact.

Keep pinching the stems of the plant. Bring the plant indoors after a few days. It gets direct sunlight for 3-4 hours.

The temperature is above 65 degrees. Put a close tab on watering and feeding.

This is a place where you should be very careful with the plant. Start in the first day of your month and keep it away from any light source for 5 to 8 hours. There is no way to get the plant to use any light source. When the top of your garden goes a bit dry, keep at an east-facing window to continueWATER when daytime arrives.

Continue the process for a longer period of time in November like October. The plant will start to grow flower buds the middle of August. There is a time when you should not keep the plant in darkness.

The plants need to be stopped feeding them around the second week of December. Your pot will be in its full bloom if you followed all the steps properly.

Poinsettias Toxicity

You should keep the plant out of pets and children’s reach as it can cause small amounts of drooling, vomiting, and even diarrhea if eaten. It can cause irritation and swelling of the skin due to its oozing out milk from it’s stems.

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