Cut back your poinsettias in the spring, after storing them for the winter. During the cold months, maintain your poinsettia by watering it, giving it bright, indirect light and fertilizing every four weeks, or withhold water until the leaves drop and store the plant in an area that stays about 60 degrees Fahrenheit until spring.
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