Care & Cultivation Guide: Poinsettia

TEMPERATURE: To keep the plant in bloom, maintain it in a temperature of 15-21C (60-70 F) during the daylight hours and, if possible, move it to a cooler place at night. Because root disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 15C (60 F), do not put the poinsettia in a room colder than this. Avoid exposing the plant to hot or cold draughts, which may cause premature leaf drop. Generally speaking if you are comfortable, so is your poinsettia!

WATERING: Examine the compost daily, and when  surface is dry to the touch water thoroughly – wait until the compost is moderately dry before watering again. Water immediately if the leaves begin to wilt. Do not leave plant standing in water. Overly wet compost lacks sufficient air, which results in root injury and possible death. A wilted plant may drop its leaves prematurely, so check compost frequently. Plants exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering.

LIGHT: Place near sunny window where it will have the most available sunlight. A window facing south, east or west is better than one facing north. Do not let any part of the plant touch the cold windowpane as this may injure it.

LOSS OF LEAVES FOLLOWING WILTING: Usually caused by over watering; the surface of the compost must be dry before water is applied.

LOSS OF LEAVES WITHOUT WILTING: If the temperature is too low or the plant has been subjected to hot or cold draughts then the leaves will suddenly fall. Another cause of leaf fall is poor light.

LOSS OF FLOWER HEADS; LEAF MARGINS YELLOW OR BROWN: The usual reason is dry air in a warm room. Poinsettias need moist air.

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