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Caring for Poinsettias

November 9, 2023

Pink Poinsettias with Christmas lights


As the holiday season approaches, homes and spaces begin to fill with the festive spirit, and one iconic symbol of this time of year is the vibrant poinsettia. Known by their scientific name Euphorbia pulcherrima, these striking red and green plants add a touch of elegance to any setting, but how do you ensure they stay as beautiful as the day you brought them home? In this expert Sheridan guide, we’ll explore the art of caring for poinsettias and keeping them vibrant throughout the season.


Optimal Placement Indoors:
  • Poinsettias thrive when placed in a location that receives bright daylight. Consider a south, east, or west-facing window for the perfect sunlight.
  • Avoid placing your poinsettia in areas with temperature fluctuations, such as near cold drafts, heat ducts, fireplaces, or radiators. Consistency is key for these plants.

Mindful Watering:
  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent root rot.
  • Before watering, always remove the decorative foil or outer pot to allow excess water to escape.
  • Soil should always be moist and damp to the touch.
Fertilize with Caution:
  • Only fertilize your poinsettia if you want to encourage new growth.
  • When fertilizing, use a mixture at half the recommended strength. Poinsettias are sensitive to strong fertilizers.
  • Fertilize every 3-4 weeks during the growing season to support new growth.


Get more expert, Sheridan tips about caring for Poinsettias and Christmas plants.



While beautiful, these plants can be harmful to pets and people. Ingesting parts of the plant can lead to stomach upset. Keep poinsettias out of reach of curious pets and small children.

By following these care tips you can enjoy the beauty of poinsettias throughout the holiday season and beyond. These vibrant plants are a lovely addition to your festive décor when cared for with attention and love.