This is the time of year that your local nurseries (and grocery stores and Home Depot and the list goes on) have stocked up the ever popular holiday favorite plant: the Poinsettia!
These plants come in all sorts of colors now and can be just so beautiful! But the real question is: How do you keep them ALIVE?!
Well, we are here to help! Here are some get tips for keeping that poinsettia of yours thriving through the holiday season.
Lighting Preference: High (so if you can, place your poinsettia in a really sunny and happy spot)
Water Needs: Moist at all times (but be sure that it's not wet, you can quickly kill a plant with over watering) If you keep your poinsettia in a plastic saucer, we actually suggest that you water through the saucer. The soil in the pot will soak up the water from the base of the saucer.
Water Stress Symptoms: Sheds yellow leaves then the poinsettia is too dry. Sheds green lease and colored bracts (what looks like the flower) then the poinsettia has much to much water.
Other tips: A. Add 1/2" of water to the saucer B. In low light, keep the soil on the dryer side C. Use room temp water D. Remove yellow leaves E. Keep poinsettia in a warm location, they don't like being cold.
Good Luck! We'd love to hear how your poinsettia is doing!