Originally from Mexico, the Poinsettia plant comes in a variety of colors including red, white and pink. It flowers through December to February.
Poinsettia’s like diffuse light. They cannot tolerate bright light but at the same time need to be away from drafts. If the temperature gets below 65 degrees Fahrenheit the plant may not survive.
Water your plants twice a week until the soil is moist but not drenched. Do not allow the roots to sit in water or it will die.
To keep a Poinsettia after Christmas move the plant to a cool, dark area and decrease the watering schedule. Fertilize after blooming with a house plant fertilizer once a month.
In May, put the plant in a diffuse light location. Cut back the branches to 5-6 inches in length. When the branches grow to 10 inches pinch the tips to encourage growth. Do this until the end of August.
In September, move your plant to a room with at least 12 hours of darkness at night. This will encourage the plant to turn color for the holidays.