How to Plant Poinsettias Indoors


The poinsettia, one of the most popular holiday plants, are typically used as an indoor bloom during the winter months. After the holiday season is over, you may wish to keep your poinsettia, but may want to re-pot it in to match your home décor.

Step 1

Place a thin layer of stones or florist marbles at the bottom of a pot to help with drainage. Fill the new container with commercial potting soil, leaving room in the center for the roots and soil of the poinsettia plant.Tap the sides of the old container to loosen the plant. Turn the pot upside down, holding onto the plant at it's base and remove the old pot.

Step 2

Place the poinsettia plant in the new pot and soil. Add soil around the root base and pat just a bit on top of the old soil. Gently press the soil all around the top of the soil to stabilize the plant.

Step 3

Water your newly potted poinsettia. In the future, only water when the soil is dry to the touch. Over watering will kill your plant.

Step 4

Place your poinsettia in a room (garage or basement) that stays cool and well ventilated at about 60 degrees F. After the colorful leave fall off, your plant has entered a dormant stage.

Step 5

Cut the plant back to it's healthiest 3 or 4 branches, in the spring. You may now place your poinsettia in a sunny window and wait for new growth. Start misting it when new growth begins.

Step 6

Fertilize your poinsettia once a month with a balanced fertilizer (equal parts phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen).

Step 7

Force blooms by keeping your plant in darkness in the evening and at night starting in October. Place it in a dark location from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. every night.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Stones or florist marbles
  • Balanced fertilizer


  • Demesne
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