Experts share the secrets for keeping a colourful poinsettia to last the season.Getting stuck-in with gardening duties over the Christmas period is reserved for die-hard outdoorsy types, but for the rest of us there’s poinsettia. A classic among houseplants, it stars during the festive season but has built up a bad rep as thee of little faith think it’s tricky to look after. Its Latin name; Euphorbia pulcherrima, describes it as the most beautiful of its genus. Which is true, but also means its incredible colouring lends to sensitivity too.But poinsettia experts at Stars for Europe have the answers so anyone less than keen on freezing in the garden can become green-fingered (or more like a stunning scarlet red) in warmth and comfort with this festive favourite.
Proper watering: less is more
Proper placement: warm and wind-free
How to buy
Given up? Go for flowers!
If you’re one of those types who just can’t keep plants alive, why not buy a poinsettia, chop it up and boil it alive. Not through frustration but for a beautiful floral arrangement. Cut the bracts off your plant, dip the cut ends in boiling water for 20 seconds and then immediately in cold water, and your leaves should stay vibrant and red for up to a week. Then, just arrange in a vase with or without other fresh flowers.
Poinsettia care guide fast facts