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How often do you water potted poinsettias?

By: Mathias Van HeckeUpdated: April 04, 2021


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In your home, put the poinsettia in a well lighted area away from drafts and heat vents. Water the poinsettia when the pot becomes lightweight or when the soil becomes dry to the touch, about once a week. Water the plant thoroughly in a sink, letting it drain, before putting it back where it was.

Likewise, people ask, do you water poinsettias from top or bottom?

When watering poinsettias, place your plant in the sink. Run water down into the pot, avoiding the plant's leaves as you do so. Continue to water the plant until water drains steadily from the bottom and then allow your plant to continue draining until it stops on its own.

Also, how do you water a poinsettia plant?

The best way to water a poinsettia plant is to put the plant in the kitchen sink, then saturate the plant slowly until water drips through the drainage hole. Let the pot stand in the sink until excess moisture drains, and then set the pot on a plate or tray. Never allow the pot to stand in water.

How do you take care of a potted poinsettia?

Hydrated and Humid: Make sure to water the poinsettia whenever the surface of the soil feels dry. Give the plant a good watering, but don't flood or soak it – gravel in the bottom of the pot will help keep the roots dry.

What is the lifespan of a poinsettia?

"Home gardeners generally keep their poinsettias one or two years. If they're really dedicated, maybe a little longer. But the life span for interior plants when you live in the North is measured in months, not years."


Do poinsettias like sun or shade?

Then give it a spot in full sun with good drainage where the soil has been amended with organic matter. Poinsettias can tolerate some shade, although their branches will grow longer and rangier-looking. Water regularly, if needed, and feed with a complete fertilizer when new growth appears.

Why are leaves falling off poinsettia?

Poinsettia Plant Leaves Are Falling Off
Environmental factors such as warm, dry conditions are most often the reason for leaf drop. Stress can also be a factor. Keep the plant in a cool, draft-free area and provide plenty of water. If all else fails, the plant may need to be discarded.

When should I put my poinsettia in the dark?

To re-flower your poinsettia, you must keep the plant in complete darkness between 5pm and 8am daily from the end of September until color shows in the bracts (early to mid-December). The temperature should remain between 60 and 70 degrees F.

Should I mist my poinsettia?

Misting is simply spraying the leaves (and bracts) of a poinsettia with a fine mist of water regularly to keep the plant humid. Spray the leaves of the poinsettia every other day for ideal humidity.

What should I do with my poinsettia after Christmas?

Begin keeping your poinsettia in complete darkness for about 12-14 hours from the first part of October until Thanksgiving – or an 8- to 10-week period. Simply stick it in a closet or cover with a large box every evening and then return the plant to its sunny window during the remainder part of the day.

Do poinsettias die?

If it survives until January, it will start shedding all of its leaves because poinsettias are deciduous and lose their leaves over winter.

Do poinsettias grow back every year?

Some gardeners are not satisfied with this long season of indoor beauty and attempt to save the plants to re-bloom the following winter. Poinsettias can be kept year after year, and they will bloom each year if you give them proper care. The bracts (colorful leaves just below the true flowers) will be the last to go.

Can you use ice cubes to water poinsettias?

Watering is the key to success. NEVER allow the soil-less medium in which the plant is being grown to dry out thoroughly causing the plant to wilt. To avoid this, water DAILY by adding ice cubes to poinsettias. Ice cubes should be evenly distributed DAILY around the surface of the pot in which the plant is growing.