LifestyleMake your Christmas flower blossom beyond December: Poinsettia care tips

Make your Christmas flower blossom beyond December: Poinsettia care tips

How to take care of the Star of Bethlehem?
How to take care of the Star of Bethlehem?
Images source: © Adobe Stock

2:31 PM EST, January 9, 2024

While some refer to it as Euphorbia pulcherrima or the poinsettia, the majority simply know and love it as the "Christmas flower". Its stunning, characteristic flowers light up homes every Christmas. So, how can we care for it to extend its beautiful presence? Let's dive in.

Looking after a poinsettia

The poinsettia is a somewhat demanding flower, but with thoughtful caregiving, it will reward us with its beautiful blossoms. Since it is a perennial plant, a small investment of effort can reap big savings.

One key aspect is the plant's location. It craves bright light without direct sun exposure, making a window-side spot ideal. However, to protect it from sudden temperature changes and drafts, we should avoid placing it on a windowsill or near a radiator.

Poinsettias love hydration but be cautious not to overwater. Towards the second half of January, consider slightly drying the soil in the pot, and even relocating it to a more dimly lit area. This signals to the plant that it's time for a rest period.

Steering a poinsettia through the months

As spring arrives, repot the poinsettia into a slightly bigger container. This gives it room to grow. Resuming normal watering at this stage can stimulate its growth.

In the summer, consider moving it outside, onto the balcony or terrace. If your goal is bloom in time for Christmas, place the poinsettia in a slightly shaded area by September. This will prevent it from flowering too early, allowing you to fully enjoy its beauty in December.

Related content