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Caring for your Christmas poinsettia

Posted on December 08, 2015 by Potter & Rest

Not sure how to care for your poinsettia, which is a well-known symbol of Christmas, here is our at a glance guide:

  1. A plant with a minimum of five heads will give a longer lasting display – so be mindful of this when selecting your plant
  1. Ensure that the poinsettia is sleeved before taking it outside or back to your car
  1. Once you get your poinsettia home, you should place it in a warm, draught-free spot. Not on a windowsill where the curtains are closed at night
  1. They are well-suited to a warm house but keep them away from draughts and sources of heat for the best results
  1. Let the compost dry out between watering and if it’s in a saucer then make sure you empty this out too
  1. You could also feed your poinsettia once a week with houseplant feed
  1. If you want to make the plant colour up again next Christmas, then in June trim it down by about half and pot it up using a multi-purpose compost
  1. Keep it in natural light from the end of September onwards and make sure you don’t expose it to any artificial lighting, which could prevent the plant from colouring up again in time for next Christmas.
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