Caring for your Poinsettias

Poinsettias are the ultimate Christmas plant. Originally from Mexico, poinsettias have made a name for themselves as a must-have during the festive period.

While there is a variety of colours, red, cream and white poinsettias are the most popular of choices - which is not surprising at this time of year! These have become traditional Christmas plants that you’ll find in many homes across the UK at Christmas. If you’re wondering how to make sure your poinsettias last the whole of the festive season, we share more below on how to make sure they’re looked after.

How to look after a poinsettia

Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias aren’t that difficult to care for. Here are a few tips on how to care for your poinsettia:

1. Keep indoors - Poinsettias are houseplants that like to be kept indoors.

2. Don’t keep them in direct sunlight - Poinsettias don’t like to be directly in the sun, so it’s best to keep them in indirect sunlight for six to eight hours a day. This will help to keep their bright colours intact.

3. Check the temperature - They can be put in your windows but like many of us, they don’t like to be exposed to cold draughts. Although they are known as Christmas plants, they do thrive in temperatures of 15-23 degrees. They also don’t like to be next to heated radiators or other heat sources like log burners where they can get too hot.

4. Water them as little as possible - Poinsettias don’t like a lot of water. They should only be watered when the surface of the soil feels dry. Also, it’s best not to leave them standing in water for long periods of time, as this will cause the root to rot.

Why are poinsettias special?

Not only do poinsettias plants add a bit of Christmas magic to your home, but they are one of the most intriguing plants. They’re often mistaken for flowers because of their bright colours. However, they are actually leaves with yellow buds in the centre – who knew?

When are poinsettias in season?

Poinsettias are seasonal houseplants. They flower in December to January when daylight decreases, making them very appropriate for Christmas.

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