How to Care for a Poinsettia Plant


Poinsettia plants are best known for decorating households during the Christmas season with red and white colors. This plant is temperamental and can die quickly and easily, but as long as it is in an adequate location and environment it will thrive throughout the holiday season. There are a few tips to keep in mind when caring for this holiday household flowering plant.

Step 1

Keep the poinsettia plant in a sunny windowsill. The more sunlight, the better for these plants. They are native to Mexico, where it is hot year-round.

Step 2

Make sure the soil is evenly moist at all times. Water the plant twice a day a couple of inches, once in the morning and again in the evening.

Step 3

Add gravel or pebbles to the overflow sauce in order to provide a constant source of humidity for the poinsettia plant. Water seeping through the pot will evaporate from the gravel. The plants need to be kept around a consistent temperature, so do not alter the temperature on your thermostat to extreme differences. Sudden drops in temperatures can cause a poinsettia to die overnight.

Step 4

Fertilize the plant each week with half-strength liquid houseplant fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunny window
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • Caring for Poinsettia
  • Christmas Plant Care
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