How to care for poinsettias

All About Poinsettias

Few things signify the holiday season more than a poinsettia plant. Poinsettias are wonderful ways to decorate your house and make great gifts as well. Whether you’re a traditionalist or like something a little fancier, Heinen’s has you covered with our selection of traditional, painted, glitter and Ice Punch poinsettias.

Not a fan of poinsettias? We also have a large selection of other holiday plants and greenery such as  Christmas cactus, frosty ferns, holiday mixed bouquets, evergreens and sparkle twigs for all your holiday decorating, to name a few.

What do you do now that you have your poinsettia? Follow our do’s and don’ts to keep you plant looking beautiful all season long.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Poinsettia Care 

  • DO place your plant in indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day. If direct sun can’t be avoided, diffuse the light with a shade or sheer curtain.
  • DO provide room temperatures between 68 – 70° F. Generally speaking, if you are comfortable, so is your poinsettia.
  • DO water your plant when the soil feels dry to the touch.
  • DO use a large, roomy shopping bag/sleeve to protect your plant when transporting it.
  • DO fertilize your plant after the blooming season (November-January) with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer.
  • DON’T place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat. Avoid placing plants near appliances, fireplaces or ventilating ducts or the top of a television.
  • DON’T expose plants to temperatures below 50° F. Poinsettias are sensitive to cold, so avoid placing them outside during the winter months.
  • DON’T over water your plant, or allow it to sit in standing water. Always remove a plant from any decorative container before watering, and allow the water to drain completely.
  • DON’T expose your plant to chilling winds when transporting it.
  • DON’T fertilize your plant when it is in bloom. (November-January)

The Poinsettia is Not Poisonous
The widespread belief that poinsettias are poisonous is a misconception. The scientific evidence demonstrating the poinsettia’s safety is well documented. Studies conducted by The Ohio State University in cooperation with the Society of American Florists concluded that no toxicity was evident at experimental ingestion levels far exceeding those likely to occur in a home environment. As with all ornamental plants, poinsettias are not intended for human or animal consumption, and certain individuals may experience an allergic reaction to poinsettias. However, the poinsettia has been demonstrated to be a safe plant. In fact, in 1992, the poinsettia was included on the list of houseplants most helpful in removing pollutants from indoor air. So, not only is the poinsettia a safe and beautiful addition to your holiday decor, it can even help keep your indoor air clean!

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