Keep Your Poinsettias Looking Their Best
Keep Your Poinsettias Looking Their Best

Wouldn’t you like to keep your own Poinsettias at home looking as fresh as they did the day you bought them?

If you ordered your poinsettias for your office or lobby from Plantscapes, our expert technicians will keep them looking fresh throughout the season. They will be happy to share plant care tips with you.

Here are a few Poinsettia Do’s and Don’ts to help you get started at home.

Poinsettias are very sensitive to temperature swings and to drafts. You’ll notice that when your Plantscapes’ Poinsettias are delivered, they’ll be “sleeved,” or wrapped in a paper cone, to protect them. When you purchase Poinsettias for your home, be sure to transport them from store to car to home with the same sort of protection. If the store doesn’t offer sleeving, place the plants in a large shopping bag.

Poinsettias are also fussy about drafts. Never place them in the path of a gust of cold air from a doorway. Keep them away from heating vents. Don’t place them directly in front of cold windows.

Poinsettias don’t like “wet feet.” You should only water them when the soil begins to dry out. If your Poinsettia’s pot is wrapped in colored foil, remove the plant from the decorative wrapping before you water, so that the water has a chance to drain away. Never allow a Poinsettia to remain in standing water.

But be careful – never let your Poinsettia wilt!

Poinsettias don’t like strong light. In the Northwest, with our rainy winter days, this isn’t really a problem. If, however, we have several unusually sunny days and your Poinsettias are in a south facing window, protect them from harsh light during the brightest part of the day.

Don’t fertilize Poinsettias.

Follow these simple Do’s and Don’ts and you will enjoy your poinsettias all season long


  • Protect from drafts
  • Protect from cold
  • Water when the soil is dry to the touch


  • Let the pot remain in standing water
  • Carry unprotected plants in your car
  • Fertilize

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