- Appearance: Poinsettias are known for their distinctive red, white, or pink bracts (modified leaves) that surround their small, inconspicuous flowers. These bracts are often mistaken for petals and give the plant its iconic Christmas appearance. The leaves are dark green, and the plant’s overall appearance is bushy.
- Size: Poinsettias are typically grown as small to medium-sized potted plants, but their size can vary. They can reach heights of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) when grown as houseplants.
- Light Requirements: Poinsettias thrive in bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight but should be protected from harsh, intense sunlight. Adequate light is essential for their growth and for maintaining the vibrancy of their bracts.
- Fertilizer: Poinsettias don’t require much fertilization while they are in bloom. However, if you want to keep them healthy and encourage growth after the blooming period, you can use a balanced, liquid fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or eliminate fertilization in the fall and winter.
- Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil to dry out before watering again. Ensure that the pot has proper drainage to prevent overwatering.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high-quality potting mix suitable for indoor plants or houseplants.
Here are some accessories and care tips for your Poinsettia plant:
- Pot cover or decorative foil: To enhance the holiday look, you can place your Poinsettia in a decorative pot cover or wrap the pot in holiday-themed foil.
- Saucer: Place a saucer under the pot to catch excess water and protect your surfaces.
- Pruning shears or scissors: After the blooming season, prune the plant to encourage bushier growth and remove any faded bracts.