Poinsettia Care 101

Poinsettias are most commonly used for decorating during the holiday season, but are also attractive as green plants throughout the year. Most people throw them out once they stop producing their red bracts (leaves) but if you continue to take care of them, they can be your holiday plant for years to come!


Thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Not suited for direct sun.


Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. When thirsty, this plant will wilt.


Poinsettias are mildly toxic to pets because of the milky sap it produces. So keep away from munching mouths. Also watch out for this sap on your skin, it can cause irritation. 

Fun Fact

The attractive “flowers” on the plant are known as specialised leaves known as bracts. The true flowers are actually the yellow petals in the centre.

Sad Plant Signs

Wilting leaves, dry potting mix: Thirsty, under-watered

Yellowing leaves and mushy blackened base: Root rot, overwatered


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