How to care for poinsettias

December 14, 2011
Tip of the week

Poinsettias will last through the holiday season if given proper care. Buy fresh plants that show no signs of leaf drop or wilting and protect them from cold air when bringing them home. Plants do best in bright, indirect light in a room that is kept between 65 and 70 degrees. Remove any wrapping that impedes drainage. Allow the soil to dry a little between waterings. Empty pot saucers to avoid standing water. Keep the plants away from cold drafts and heat registers.

Adrian Higgins

Adrian Higgins has been writing about the intersection of gardening and life for more than 25 years, and joined the Post in 1994. He is the author of several books, including the "Washington Post Garden Book" and "Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden."
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