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How to Keep Your Christmas Poinsettia Alive

Westland’s Top Tips on How To Keep Your Christmas Poinsettia Alive and Thriving

How to keep your Christmas Poinsettia alive. Not something you need to worry about just yet, but read this article on how to keep your Christmas Poinsettia alive and thriving this season and how to look after it throughout the year and ready for next Christmas.
The  Poinsettia is perhaps the most common houseplant at Christmas. Most of us simply can’t resist adding this stunningly festive addition to our homes. From the end end of November and right through December, these plants are available in most garden centers and supermarkets – and the bonus is they don’t break the bank!  Did you know that Poinsettia plants originate from Mexico? Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias aren’t too difficult to care for.
Westland’s top tips on how to care for your Poinsettia this Christmas will help keep your Poinsettia thriving and you can even keep it going throughout the year, ready for next Christmas, with a little TLC.
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How To Keep Your Christmas Poinsettia Alive

 

1. Keep your Poinsettia Cosy

Poinsettias don’t like fluctuating temperatures or to be near a draft (like most of us really) They much prefer a steady room temperature between 18 and 25 C. Poinsettias need warmth and light, so being close to a radiator shouldn’t be a problem. Don’t keep them near the fire, doorways or windows. Cosy temperatures are the way forward with this stunning red leafy plant.

2. Inspect your leaves

Get into the habit of inspecting your plants leaves for any that are turning yellow, falling off or curling up. This indicates the plant is usually too dry. It’s not always easy to find the right place for your Poinsettia to sit for the right heat and light.

3. A mist a day

To keep those stunning red leaves vibrant and the green leaves a rick green, mist your plant to raise the humidity levels. The mist keeps the plant happy and saves you time in the long run too.

4. Feeding your Poinsettia

Feeding your Poinsettia is essential for a long lasting display that can last through to March. Try feeding with our new Westland Houseplant Feed once a week. This plant feeder is a great feeder for all your houseplants, so it’s a great little investment.

5. Watering

There is no set number of days when to water your Poinsettia. It’s simple really, pop your finger on the soil, if it’s bone dry, water it. Don’t over water it though. What you want to avoid is the roots sitting in water, which will rot the roots – this isn’t good for any of your houseplants.

6. Extending its life

If you’re feeling brave you can try to keep the plant alive for next year. It takes a little work, but once you get going, you’ll be just fine. Allow your poinsettias to go a little drier between watering during the spring. In May, cut about 4 inches from each stem to foster a lush, full plant during the winter. Spring also is the best time to start fertilizing. In May increase watering and re-pot when new shoots appear. It will need feeding once a week once it’s taken to its new pot.

7. The Fun Bit

Here’s the fun bit and the bit that’s going to make the most difference to the colour of your Poinsettia for next Christmas. To get poinsettias to re-bloom, limit its exposure to sunlight or this will affect the blooming process. Flower buds should be seen by November if all goes well. Here’s how:

By limit, we mean it needs to be in complete darkness for at least 12 hours a day and by complete darkness, we mean uninterrupted darkness. No walking into a room, opening a cupboard, nada! Some gardeners put their plant in a box between 5pm-8am, then put it in a sunny place in their home during the day. It does seem like a bit of a faff, but it’s only for 8 weeks. Once your flowers start to bloom, you won’t need to worry about using fertilizer, just feed it once a week, like you did the year before. This process should ensure beautiful red petals again. You can proudly tell everyone YOU did that.  It’s very rewarding seeing all your hard work.

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