I did some research to see what I should do to perk up and prolong the life of my plants and I thought you might be interested as well. Here's what I learned:
- Poinsettias like temperatures around 65 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. This is good news for me because I have been keeping the house cool to reduce our heating oil consumption.
- Poinsettias like their soil to be dry between waterings. This is also not a problem for me as you can see by the drooping leaves in the picture above. While poinsettias may appreciate being dry between waterings I don't think mine appreciated being dry for a couple of days!
- Poinsettias like humidity, so misting them will make them happy if your house is dry. My house is very dry. We are running a humidifier every day to help with the humidity level.
- As the flowers (bracts) fade, gradually decrease the amount of water allowing the plant to gradually dry out completely. The plant can be stored in a cool basement (50 degrees) until evening temperatures are about 50 degrees. Then the plant can be repotted and set outside.
Good luck with your plants!