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Poinsettia Plant Care

Poinsettia ImageThe Flower Expert received a question from a flower lover about the care for Poinsettias. For the benefit of others who are looking for answer to this question, we are publishing the same.

Poinsettias are great potted plants and provide effective color for the home decor during and after the holiday season. Proper care of the plant is a must to be able to maintain its vigor. The following tips would enliven your poinsettia:

Keep your Poinsettia plant near a sunny window where it will have the most available sunlight. Sunlight should be available for the Poinsettia for atleast five hours a day. A window that faces south, east or west is the best location to place your Poinsettia. Do take precaution such that no part of the plant touches the cold windowpane which may injure it.

Let not the soil in the pot dry out. If you feel dryness opf the soil on touching it, do water it until it runs freely out the drainage hole in the container. The pot should be able drain the excess water as waterlogging in the pot is not good for Poinsettia. Waterlogged soil lacks sufficient air, which may result damage of roots. Poinsettias exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering.

Maintain the temperature of the location at 65 to 70 degrees F during the daylight hours for it to maintain its blooming in a good stead. It is a good practice to move Poinsettias to a cooler place at night but it is not a demanding criterion. Because root rot disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 60 degrees F, do not put the poinsettia in a room colder than this. More about Poinsettias

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