The Mexican poinsettia, know as the Christmas flower in North American, is used in most Christmas decoration owing to its bright red color and its blooming season coinciding with the Christmas holiday season.
How to make them thrive til Santa Arrives?
Cover your poinsettia when bringing it home, especially if temperatures are in the 20s or lower. Remove the foil or pot cover that around the plant when you buy to ensure its not sitting in water. Water sparingly, then let drain completely in the sink.
Where is the best place to keep a poinsettia?
Poinsettia don't like fluctuating temperatures and prefer a steady room temperature between 13-20C. They need warmth and light so can be kept close to a radiator and away from drafts. Don't keep them near the fire, doorways or windows.
What do I do with my poinsettia after Christmas?
Continue to water until you take your poinsettia outside for summer. Trim them back again around July 4th and Aug 1st then bring them indoors around Labor day to condition for winter color. The plants need 16 hours total darkness for 10 weeks to start setting the colorful flowers bracts.