Tips for taking care of your poinsettias | Home & Garden

Tips for taking care of your poinsettias | Home & Garden



The snow poinsettia arrangement created by Patrick Bellrose, co-owner of Fahr Greenhouses in Wildwood, as seen on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskriv[email protected]




If you have poinsetties, you may be looking for ways to take care of them. Here are some pointers from the Missouri Botanical Garden:

• Provide bright light close to a sunny window

• Keep away from cold drafts and sources of hot, dry air

• Provide night temperatures 10 degrees cooler than days

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• Water thoroughly when the soil surface feels dry

• Punch holes in decorative foil wraps so they don’t trap water

• Discard drainage to prevent soggy soil conditions

Other things to do in the garden this time of year: 

• Potted rosemary requires excellent drainage and overwinters best in a cool, sunny room where the temperature stays around 50 to 60 degrees. Water sparingly, as overwatering can lead to root rot.

• Tree leaves killed by the recent early freeze will eventually weather off gradually from rain, wind and winter storms.

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