Read through these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more about poinsettias and how to care for them.
Our supplier is Warren Greenhouses.
Warren Greenhouses is dedicated to growing you the best quality flowers for your home, and everything you need to make your gardens beautiful!
They are a seasonal business specializing in Poinsettias, spring bedding plants and a wide variety of fall mums and planters.
To maintain your poinsettia bloom, keep temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees Celcius. Make sure to protect them from dramatic temperature drops as this will cause their leaves to prematurely wilt. For best results, keep your poinsettia in a warm room and mist it daily. Over-watering is not good for the plant and it should not sit in water.
While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity, in today's language of flowers, red, white or pink poinsettias, the December birth flower, symbolize good cheer and success and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.
Poinsettias will classically drop their leaves if they are exposed to sudden changes in temperature, drafts or overly cool or dry rooms. They also will lose leaves and wilt in response to an extreme need for water.
In your home, put the poinsettia in a well lit area away from drafts and heat vents. Water the poinsettia when the pot becomes lightweight or when the soil becomes dry to the touch, about once a week. Water the plant thoroughly in a sink, letting it drain, before putting it back where it was.
To coax a poinsettia plant to bloom again, it's necessary to repeat the poinsettia life cycle. After the holidays and once blooming has ceased, limit the amount of watering so the plant can go dormant until spring. Then, usually around March or April, regular watering can be resumed and fertilizing can begin.
Help your poinsettia to turn red by placing it in total darkness for 14 hours each day, starting eight weeks before you want to display it.
During the day, the plant needs bright light, but it should be placed in complete darkness every evening.
Prune off the old stems in late winter or early spring by cutting them back to 4 to 6 inches in height and leaving 1 to 3 leaves on each stem. This forces new growth to appear at the leaf axis and paves the way for a full plant that can support many blooms.