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Ask The Expert: Do You Water The Poinsettia From Oct. to Dec.?

Poinsettia Plant Care

Poinsettia Plant Care

Ask The Expert: Do you keep watering the poinsettia during October through Dec. when you are keeping it in the dark?

Flower Shop Network‘s Plant Expert’s Reply: Yes, you do continue watering your poinsettia as normal during those months. Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch. Be careful not to over-water it and don’t allow it to stand in water.

How To Make Poinsettias Re-Bloom

Poinsettia flowering is “photoperiodcally” induced, meaning they flower when the nights are long enough. From October 1st through mid-December, poinsettias must have 12-14 hours of darkness and 10-12 hours of natural light daily. Complete darkness is imperative to blooming. Once the bract begins to show color, continue with normal poinsettia care.

Preparing Poinsettia Christmas Gifts To Bloom For Next Season

As soon as Christmas is over, remove the decorative wrap around your poinsettia for better water drainage. Keeping the soil moist, but not soggy, never leave your poinsettia standing in water. For best results, water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch.

At the very dawn of spring (late February – early March) cut the stems back leaving 4 to 6 inches to stimulate new growth. Continue with the same watering practice used during the holidays and begin to fertilize. Re-potted in late spring or early summer. Select a pot that is 2-3 inches bigger in diameter and has drain holes. Keep moist and in a sunny location. Rotate the pot about once a week for a symmetrically shaped plant. Read section above for how to get your poinsettia to bloom.

For more information check out our Complete Poinsettia Care and Information Newsletter

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