How to Care for Poinsettias After the Holidays

After the holidays are over, you’re left with a beautiful poinsettia. What do you do now? If you want to continue caring for your poinsettia, follow these tips!  

Poinsettias can’t be transplanted during most winter seasons. It must be treated as an indoor plant. The ideal temperature is between 67 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime and 60 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit in the nighttime.  


Avoid areas that are too hot or cold, as poinsettias are sensitive to temperature changes. These areas include directly placing in front of windows, drafts, and near heaters. If you have a marble, granite, or tile counter/floor, it’ll help keep cool and not radiating heat. You can also use indoor lighting if there isn’t enough sunlight.  

Maintain moisture in the soil while it’s growing and only water when the soil feels dry. You may need to replant it into a pot with drainage holes. Remove the decorative cover when it’s time to water. Let the water drain before placing the poinsettia back into its pot.  


Water 1 – 2 times a week and mist the foliage while indoors. This provides humidity to the plant and is best done in the morning. Overwatered poinsettias lead to yellow leaves dropping. Under watered poinsettias lead to dried and curled leaves dropping and a shriveled stem. If half of the leaves drop, water less.  

Poinsettias are more tedious to take care of, it can be challenging to keep up. They may be intimidating, but it’ll allow you to have fresh poinsettias for the next winter season!   

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