If your received or purchased a poinsettia during the holiday season, you can keep it alive year round as a lush, green houseplant.
Time Required: Indefinite
- Using a good potting soil, transplant your poinsettia into a pot slightly larger than the container it came in. I used a plain, inexpensive plastic pot and placed that into a decorative wicker planter.
- Add plant food spikes to the pot according to the package directions.
- Set the plant away from drafts and in a well-lit location, preferably by a sunny, southern window.
- Water your poinsettia about once a week. Do not overwater. Let the soil dry out slightly between waterings. I water mine slightly less in the winter months.
- If your poinsettia starts to drop leaves rapidly, try moving it to a different location.
- When repotting the poinsettia, try to keep the potting soil at the same level as it was in the original container.
- Plant food spikes, made specifically for indoor houseplants, can be found at most grocery stores or nurseries.
- Unless you are very daring, don't try to get your poinsettia to reflower. This kills most plants. Just enjoy the green plant.
What You Need
- Poinsettia Plant
- Potting Soil
- Plant Food Spikes