Part Two: Caring for Poinsettias

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Last week, we wrote about the interesting history of poinsettias, but how do you keep them vibrant and healthy even past the holidays? We have compiled a few tips on how to best care for your poinsettia plant.

  1. Temperature. Maintain the plant at a temperature of 65 to 70 degrees F during the daylight hours and, if possible, move it to a cooler place (around 65 degrees) at night.
  2. Sun and shade. Make sure your poinsettia has ample sunlight, but don’t press the leaves against a cold window.
  3. Water. Water regularly and keep the soil evenly moist, but avoid letting them sit in water filled saucers, which can lead to root rot.
  4. Fertilize. Once a month, use Beju Plant Food to provide the micronutrients that your plant needs.

To bring out the full color next season, starting around Labor Day, you’ll have to cut the plant off from all light between evenings and mornings for up to 8 weeks. Move your plant into a closet or use an empty box covered in black plastic as a cover. Uncover or move it back into its sunny spot during the day.

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