Don’t toss those poinsettias after the holidays! Learn the secrets to keeping your poinsettias vibrant and healthy throughout winter.

Learn about watering, sunlight, and proper care to extend the life of your poinsettias and enjoy their colorful beauty well into spring. Poinsettias come in an assortment of colors ranging from white, pink, red, or variegated. These beautiful plants are a staple of the holiday season.

But what happens to these beautiful plants after the Christmas decorations are packed away? Many people mistakenly believe poinsettias are disposable decorations, destined for the compost heap after the holidays.

The truth is with proper care, poinsettias can thrive well beyond Christmas and continue to brighten your home throughout the winter months.

Antique Belgium crate with a wooden box filled with greenery, bayberries, white Poinsettias with gold candles burning.

Learn a few key things about caring for your poinsettia to keep it vibrant and healthy throughout winter.

The Poinsettia is considered a Christmas flower. During the holiday season, many people give them to symbolize goodwill. In religious communities, the shape of the poinsettia flower is thought to symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem. The red leaf of the Poinsettia symbolizes the blood of Christ.

Wooden box with fresh greens, small logs and a gold candle sitting on a antique crate with white poinsettias.
  • Poinsettias thrive with steady temperatures between 65-75 degrees in your home.
  • Keep your plant out of direct sunlight but put it in a bright sunny room with indirect lighting. I have one placed in my family room and the other in my home office.
  • Try to place them near a door or window where there may be any drafts. These plants do not like the cold.
  • It is important to check your plant daily to see if it needs water. How do you know how much water? By pushing your finger into the soil. If the soil feels dry to the touch, lightly add some water. You need to keep the soil moistened without over-watering it to avoid root rot. Over-watering is one of the number one reasons that your Poinsettia will die.

They are beautiful plants to have around the holidays.

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Important Things to Know About Poinsettias

  • Poinsettias are not highly toxic to small children, dogs, and cats. I would recommend that you keep them out of reach. The sap can cause skin irritation but the plant is harmless.
  • Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) plants are only mildly toxic to cats and dogs. If swallowed, it may cause mild irritation: nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Again, the plant is harmless.

With a little TLC and the care tips provided here, you can enjoy these vibrant plants throughout the winter months.

I hope you found this article on caring for Poinsettias helpful. If you’d like to see more please subscribe to my newsletter for more creative ideas delivered straight to your inbox!

Happy holidays, sweet friend!

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