Poinsettias are a holiday decor favorite, but many people don’t realize that they can be kept as houseplants all year round. I certainly didn’t know you could keep them beyond Christmas & I used to throw away my poinsettias when I took down the rest of our Christmas decorations. Then I came across this video from MIGardener & realized that I was throwing away my poinsettias for no reason. Read on for my easy poinsettia tutorial.
- 10 – 12-Inch Pot
- Potting Soil
- Put on gloves. (This is important because poinsettias are poisonous, you don’t want their milk touching your skin)
- Fill your pot halfway with potting soil.
- Remove the poinsettia from its pot. Make sure to rough up the roots if the plant is root-bound.
- Place the poinsettia in its new pot, making sure that the root ball is about 2 inches from the top of the pot. Fill the pot with soil around the root ball. Firmly pat the soil around the root ball.
- Cut off the poinsettia’s red leaves plus one green leaf below the red leaves.
- Water the plant until water comes out of the bottom of the pot.
- Place near a sunny window & water whenever the top inch of soil is dry.
- Remember to not touch the plant’s milk, it is poisonous & it will irritate your skin.
- Keep poinsettias away from pets & kids.
- You can place the poinsettia outside in the spring & leave it there until the fall when freezing temperatures approach.
- If you want to make your poinsettia turn red again you will need to bring it inside in the fall & give it specific full shade conditions. Read about it here.
- You have to cut off the red leaves in order for the plant to survive. If you don’t the whole plant will die.
- Make sure to repot in a large pot because poinsettias grow fast.
It has become a Christmas tradition of ours to buy a poinsettia from a local historical destination named Cantigny. Cantigny is known for its large show-stopping poinsettias & it’s always a real treat to see them every year. We buy them from a friend who sells them for a local nonprofit. I’ve never seen poinsettias as large as Cantigny’s before, they are about 3 times the size of the ones you normally find at a big box store. I have been repotting them for 3 years now & it’s always fun to see them put on new growth. It’s fun showing them to people in the middle of summer too. Who has a poinsettia in the summer? You will if you follow this tutorial.
Need a few more houseplant tips to help your poinsettia thrive indoors? Read my 3 best houseplant tips article.