Poinsettia plant care. Poinsettias are in the Euphorbiaceae family and are used in pots and shown during the holiday seasons, especially during the Christmas season.
All Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and Central America and thrive in the tropical forests. In Mexico, it is called the “Nochebuena flor” or Flower of the Holy Night in English.
In its natural habitat, it will grow up to 15 ft. tall but in the southwest, it will grow about 2-4 ft. providing you care for it indoors.
The most common color is the bright red variety but they also come in pink, white, yellow, red-white marbled, and orange. There is also the magenta one. See images below.
How often should they be watered?
Most folks over-water this plant it is best to let the Poinsettias dry out before watering again. Typically about once maybe twice per week any more than that and the leaves will wilt and fall off. It also depends on where you place them. If they are near a south-facing window you will have to water more often.
Where to place Poinsettias?
Place them almost anywhere in the home where there is some medium to bright light. Do not place near the fireplace or in front of the heater vents. Keep them away from doors or windows that will let the cold air in. I’ve done this numerous times and the leaves always fall off.
It is considered an annual plant and most folks will toss them out after it stops blooming normally around late January.
The stems of the Poinsettia plant break off easily and a white milky substance will ooze out. It is a mild irritant to pets but is not considered to be poisonous.
Do not place them outdoors when temperatures get below 40° degrees F. You can place them outdoors during the spring, summer, and fall seasons but make sure you place them with morning sun and afternoon shade.
The bright Red Poinsettia
The red poinsettia is the most common and they seem to last much longer than the other varieties. You can also place them throughout the home during the holiday seasons for some great Christmas colors. They will thrive even in medium to low light.
The Pink Poinsettia
They love to be placed in containers and will normally bloom for about 5-8 weeks. Most big box stores and local nurseries will have them for sale in late November.
The White Poinsettia
The Red-White Marbled Poinsettia
The Magenta Colored Poinsettia – Not available at Guzman’s Garden Centers.
Poinsettia plant care
According to poinsettia.com “In Mexico, the plant is called La Flor de la Nochebuena or, Flower of the Holy Night and is displayed in celebration of the December 12th, Dia de la Virgen.” You can read more about the Poinsettia Plant over at Poinsettia day.
The Christmas Cactus is another great indoor Holiday plant. It requires less water about twice per month. They should bloom in mid-December and again in late March providing they are cared for accordingly.
Poinsettia plant care
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