With the holidays on their way, many stores are putting out the poinsettia, a traditional blooming plant. Though it has long been a sign of the season many people may not know how to protect their new plant. If you are one of the many people picking up a poinsettia this season it is important to know what you can do to get the most out of your flowers all season long.
When you purchase and transport your poinsettias you should always use a florist sleeve to protect its leaves and flowers. It is also important to protect the plant from temperatures below 50 degrees and freezing winds. Though the poinsettia is considered seasonal winter plant they are very sensitive to cold weather.
Once the poinsettia is the home you should consider where it will be. These plants enjoy indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours every day. It is also important to keep them away from more extreme temperatures. Consider whether there is a draft or heat source where your plant will be. A poinsettia does best at room temperature, 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can keep your poinsettia long after the holidays have come and gone. Be sure to avoid fertilizing your plant during the blooming season. Once the flowers are gone you are safe to fertilize the plant. All year around it is important to water the poinsettia whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Make sure the plant is always draining properly and that you are not frequently overwatering. With proper care your poinsettias can come back year after year, providing festive blooms that brighten any home.