Monday, January 10, 2011

What To Do with Holiday Poinsettia Plants

Happy Monday, friends.  Did you get some poinsettia plants this holiday season?  I had a few in my house for holiday decorations.  This morning I took a look at them and noticed they were looking a little droopy and tired.  Sort of how I was feeling at the time, as well! 

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.
Well, I'm off to water my poinsettias and give them a gentle misting.  I'm hoping I can get another few weeks of color from them. 

Good luck with your plants!

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