The bright, crimson red holiday ornamental plant staple – the poinsettia – has a few needs to help it thrive throughout the holidays, according to Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton.
“Poinsettia care for the holidays is pretty straightforward,” he said. “When people pick them up, they’re ready for display, but there are a few things you want to keep in mind to make sure you get the most out of the plant for your holiday displays.”
Pemberton said poinsettias shouldn’t be overwatered. “Water when the soil surface is dry to the touch, and don’t let them stand in water,” he said. “Soil should be moist and well drained.”
Poinsettias prefer to be out of direct sunlight, but rather prefer bright, filtered light, Pemberton said. They won’t last as long if conditions are dark.
He said they also prefer cooler temperatures, 65-70 degrees, but if temperatures dip below 60 degrees, plants can sustain chill damage.
Pemberton said no fertilizer is necessary after the plants bloom. “They are flowering, so just enjoy them through the season,” he said.
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