How Long Will Poinsettias Last? Try These Tips to Help Them Live Longer

How Long Will Poinsettias Last? Try These Tips to Help Them Live Longer -- It's coming to the end of the year, time for Christmas and the holidays. Poinsettias are a popular plant that can be a gift idea for this Christmas season. But how long will these red leaves last? Of course, poinsettia lasts depends on how well you care for it. Here are some tips you can follow to make this beautiful plant last longer!

Indoor Life Time


It can grow to be a 10- to 15-foot shrub in its natural habitat and thrive for decades, but as a houseplant, it stays small.  Indoor poinsettia plants may be kept alive until March or April if they are given enough light and mild conditions. A poinsettia may live for 10 or even 20 years as a houseplant if kept alive year round. 

How to Care Poinsettia Indoors


It is pretty simple to keep a poinsettia alive indoors. Place it in a warm, sunny window, preferably an east-facing one, and keep the soil moist. Begin by watering it once a week, then change the frequency such that you water it when the top 2 inches of soil get dry or the pot feels light when lifted. As long as your poinsettia is blooming, you don't need to fertilize it.

How to Keep Your Poinsettia Alive for Longer


Starting with a healthy younger poinsettia is the simplest technique to keep a poinsettia alive for as long as possible. A mature poinsettia has little yellow blooms in the midst of the red stars, which exude pollen. Poinsettias with fewer flower buds and no yellow pollen endure longer than those with open yellow blossoms.

Signs That Your Poinsettias Should Be Throwned


Whether you've chose to throw out it after the end of the Christmas season, in March or April, or the following year after you've kept it alive for another 12 months, there are several signs that a poinsettia is past its prime:

- Colored leaf bracts ("flowers") fade and lose their vibrant color.

- The yellow blooms in the center open to discharge pollen, and the colorful leaves wilt and drop off.

- Lower green leaves begin to wilt, become yellow, and fall off.

How to Keep a Poinsettia Alive All Year


Keeping a poinsettia alive as a houseplant all year requires more effort than most other perennial non-blooming plants. Poinsettias go into dormancy, which results in an odd-looking houseplant for several weeks that you may not want to show. Here are some tips:

- Allow the soil to dry out between waterings starting in March or early April.

- In mid-April, move the poinsettia to a shady position with no sun exposure for 12 to 15 hours each day.

- Each stem should be pruned back to about 4 inches in May, leaving several leaf nodes on each stem. This promotes branching and bushiness in the poinsettia. Repot into a bigger container with a quality potting mix. Keep the plant moist but not wet in a sunny location with bright, indirect light.

- Once buds appear, begin feeding every two weeks with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer.

- Pinch each branch back by about one inch in July to stimulate lush growth.

- Maintain your watering and fertilization schedule while pinching back until September.

- Begin pushing your poinsettia to rebloom for Christmas in October by placing it in total darkness for 15 hours every day for the next two months.

How to Rebloom Poinsettia During the Holidays


Start in October, place poinsettia plants in total darkness from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day. Even a small amount of light might cause flowering to be delayed. Return the poinsettia to a sunny window with bright, indirect light at 8 a.m. 

Follow this light exposure pattern on a daily basis and stick to the watering and fertilization schedule until the end of November, when the plant may be left in its daylight spot permanently. Stop fertilizing when colorful bracts and flower buds develop. 

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