How To Take Care of Poinsettias

When Christmas season comes around there is one plant that stands out and populates more homes than all the rest—the poinsettia! The vibrant crimson, star-shaped petals with clusters of small green or yellow flowers in between give poinsettias the ideal look for Christmas décor that breathes fresh life into your space.

Another great thing about this festive plant is that it’s fairly easy to care for, so while it adds a lot to your holiday setup, it doesn’t add much to your holiday to-do list. There are just a few guidelines you should follow to keep your poinsettia merry and bright for the season!


Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico, putting them in the tropical category. This means they like light and will do best placed near a sunny window in your home (preferable a south, east, or west, rather than north-facing window). Your poinsettia should ideally receive about six hours of direct sunlight per day.


Because they come from a tropical environment, poinsettias thrive in warmer conditions. Temperatures that are too cool or drop drastically will cause premature wilting, so you should avoid placing your plant near a window with a cold draft. For optimal blooming, try to keep the area around your poinsettia between 60-70°F. Also keep in mind that temperatures that are too high will also damage the plant.


Whenever your poinsettia looks or feels dry to the touch, you should give it a good watering. You want to soak the soil down to the roots, but not waterlog it. Plant your poinsettia in a pot with a drainage hole to ensure excess water can escape. Due to their tropical origin, poinsettias are used to higher humidity levels. If you’re keeping your plant in a drier room or area of the house, you may need to water it daily.

Haven’t had time to get your Christmas poinsettia yet? Head on over to Cole’s Flowers in Middlebury, VT! Along with classic red poinsettias, we also offer a selection of gorgeous Christmas bouquets and decorated centerpieces to light up your home for your holiday celebration. Whether you want something bold, more traditional, or a style in between, we have or can custom-make your perfect holiday flower arrangement.

Check out our holiday arrangements and order online or contact our store directly to place a custom order today!

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