Sunday, January 3, 2016

Preserving Your Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias are some of the prettiest flowers of the season.  If you're like me, you want to keep these beauties going for longer than a couple of months.  How do you preserve them so you can enjoy more than one season?  Here's what I do:  First, place the plant in a dry place.  I find that my garage works well.  Keep the soil damp, but cut back on the amount of water you give it.  In March, prune the poinsettia to about six inches above the ground and repot in a larger container.  Two inches wider in diameter usually works well.  When this is done, set the plant indoors, where it can receive full sun.  When the poinsettia starts to grow, fertilize it.  Your poinsettia will be blooming again in no time.


  1. I fear this information may have come too late for our household. I'm not sure if our local climate is up to the job but next year we will try it it!
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  2. Hi Sherry - gosh I needed to know that - I didn't buy one this year .. but next year I'll get one ... cheers Hilary

    1. I hope you're able to preserve it a while. I had one that lasted five years, and kept blooming every Christmas.

  3. good info. We'll see if I can follow instructions and if the plant chooses to thrive for me. The odds tend to not be in my favor.

  4. Hi Sherry,

    Aha, now I know what I was doing wrong! Have a potty 2016.

    Gary :)

  5. I received a few poinsettias in December of 2014. They easily lasted about 8 months just sitting on the kitchen table with minimal watering. They seem to be pretty hardy plants as long as you keep them room temperature and dryish!