Poinsettias are known as “Christmas Flowers,” but you don’t need to discard them after the big holiday. In fact, poinsettias can last all year round! With the proper care and conditions, the plant will continue to dazzle you with its beauty, blooming year after year. Follow these tips to keep those beautiful plants blooming long after Christmas:
- When poinsettias are in full bloom, place them in a bright, humid spot. Humidifiers are recommended. Adding plants nearby could also increase humidity levels. Water regularly, but do not over water. Make sure the container has good drainage. Water-filled saucers can lead to rotting roots.
- When the flower bracts have fallen, decrease watering and allow the plant to dry out somewhat, but not completely. Move the plant to a cool, dark area until spring
- When spring comes, return the plant to a sunny area and water well
- Prune the branches back a bit. It is a good idea to repot the plant, preferably in the same soil.
- In the summer, the poinsettia can be moved outdoors, if you like or it can stay inside
- After new growth has been reached, about 6-10 inches, pinch back the tips to encourage a fuller, bushier plant.
- Poinsettias will only bloom under a strict light regime. In the fall, poinsettias need at least 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness until the bracts are fully coloured. Place plant in a dark spot, such as in a closet or cover the plant with a cardboard box. During the day, allow 8 hours of light. Continue to water and fertilize it at this point.
- Once the plant starts to bloom again around Christmas, move to a cool, humid spot with bright, but indirect light. Also, keep away from drafts (i.e near windows or doors)
That being said, there’s a chance the poinsettia may not even re-flower. So if this seems like too much work, you could always discard the poinsettia and purchase a new one next holiday!