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Poinsettia Care Guide: Keep Your Holiday Plant Thriving Year-Round

by Donna
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Poinsettia Care Guide: From Christmas to Year-Round Beauty


Poinsettias are beloved holiday plants, but what happens to them after the festive season ends? With proper care, you can enjoy your poinsettia’s vibrant blooms year after year. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you keep your poinsettia thriving.

Post-Holiday Care

  • Light: Poinsettias need bright light to flourish. Keep them in a sunny spot with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
  • Water: Water your poinsettia when the soil feels dry to the touch about 2 inches below the surface. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.
  • Temperature: Poinsettias prefer warm temperatures between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit (15.56-18.33 degrees Celsius). Keep them away from drafts and extreme temperature changes.
  • Fertilizer: Poinsettias don’t require additional nutrients during flowering, but they benefit from fertilizing during spring and summer. Use a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted by half.

Year-Round Care


  • Avoid placing your poinsettia in areas with sudden temperature fluctuations.
  • Keep it in bright light and moderate temperatures.
  • Water and fertilize as needed.
  • Pinch or prune any dead or leggy growth.


  • Repot your poinsettia in well-draining, slightly acidic soil.
  • Pinch off the top growth to encourage branching and a fuller shape.
  • Around mid-April or May, cut the stems back to about 4 inches above the soil and repot in a larger container.


  • Move your poinsettia outdoors in its pot when nighttime temperatures remain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
  • Gradually increase its exposure to sunlight until it’s getting 6 hours of full sun per day.
  • Continue watering and fertilizing as usual.
  • Trim it again as needed, pinching about an inch of terminal growth from each stem.
  • Provide some protection from direct midday sun.


  • This is the time to prepare your poinsettia for reblooming.
  • Move it to a location where it gets 12-13 hours of darkness daily (some sources suggest 16 hours).
  • Just before the end of November, stop the darkness treatment and return the plant to a bright window.
  • Reduce watering and feeding by half.

Getting Your Poinsettia to Bloom Again

  • As the days get shorter and cooler again, follow the fall care instructions.
  • Your poinsettia should start producing its bright red bracts in time for the holidays.

Tips for Success

  • Repot your poinsettia annually in fresh potting mix.
  • Prune your poinsettia regularly to maintain its shape and encourage new growth.
  • Avoid overwatering, as this is a common cause of problems.
  • If you notice any pests or diseases, treat them promptly.
  • Don’t be discouraged if your poinsettia doesn’t bloom again. It can take some time and patience to get it to rebloom consistently.


With a little care and attention, you can enjoy your poinsettia’s vibrant blooms for many years to come. Follow these tips and create a beautiful, thriving poinsettia that will brighten your home all year round.

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