Plant Care Christmas Flower

Christmas Flower

4.2 out of 5 (42 experiences)

Christmas Flower has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Christmas Flower has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Christmas Flower

Although associated with the winter season, these plants are native to the tropics of Central America. Plants in the Euphorbia genus have poisonous, milky, white, latex-like sap so be sure to keep them far from curious pets and children ⚠️


Euphorbia pulcherrima

Also known as

Poinsettia, Poinsettia, Easter Flower, Lobster Flower Plant, Lobster Plant and Mexican Flame Leaf

How to care for Christmas Flower


How often to water your Christmas Flower

Water needs for Christmas Flower
0.5 cups
every 12

Christmas Flower needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Christmas Flower

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Poinsettia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Christmas Flower: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Christmas Flower love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Christmas Flower does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Christmas Flower in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Christmas Flower

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Christmas Flower: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Christmas Flower after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Christmas Flower is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Christmas Flower

Christmas Flower

Christmas Flower

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Christmas Flower has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 21
Christmas Flower has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 15
Christmas Flower has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 11
Christmas Flower has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Christmas Flower has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
Yvette avatar
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 2,923 XP
globe Crowborough, England

Such a lovely vibrant plant to have at home.

Survivor Survivor
Lana-rocks avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,549 XP
globe Atlanta, GA

Finicky, one plant is healthy, they other dropped all its leaves despite the same care.

Browns easily Browns easily
Pamela avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 685 XP
globe New York

Extremely hard to take care of... bought mine from a supermarket and died in 2 weeks. I tried everything, and I’m a huge lover of plants. Uncertain what went wrong here

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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 192 XP
globe Mission, TX

It’s picky as hell

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Boundlessbeauty avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 911 XP
globe Tinley Park, IL

Love these plants for the holidays!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Sheladyred avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 974 XP

Bought this at Home Depot last November. It was originally a big, lush plant with lots of pink leaves. I’m determined to keep it alive and it’s finally doing better. Hoping the pink returns to the leaves at some point.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Dora avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Camden, NC

Beautiful colors.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Koolaidkhris avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 368 XP
globe Iowa City, IA

They are fickle about location. I have her near southwest window. So she gets a few hours of sun but not the early morning.

D4ni3113 avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 90 XP

Leaves shed quite a bit.

Survivor Survivor
Isabellem avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,278 XP
globe Kitimat, British Columbia

I kept this in my windowless bathroom, where it somehow survived! Pretty plant had no idea it was an all year round plant. Sad people throw them out after Christmas so pretty ! Picky plant not consistent.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Latimeria65 avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 308 XP

Its cool plant and easy to care i have 2 at home and I recommend it 👍❤️

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Meagan avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 93 XP
globe Gainesville, FL

so pretty!!

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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 505 XP
globe Lexington, NC

Needs a plant light for winter.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Rebecca avatar
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 3,653 XP

Even tho it’s an holiday plant. Immune is still striving to live. But there’s not much info how to actually take care of them or false info. I’ve nearly killed it a few times and panic every time cuz the plant is finicky

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Kate79 avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 42 XP
globe Walled Lake, MI

This plant was being thrown out after Christmas and didn’t look like she was going to make it. Walgreens let me buy for $0.36 and thought I was crazy for wanting it. With some love she came back to life and now is doing so good & beautiful! It shows the beauty and power of attention, love and nourishment on another living thing. 😊❤️✌️

Survivor Survivor
Thorny4plants avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 1,306 XP

Pointsettias are great at surviving - I forgot it in an area with no light for a week and it looked a little wilted, but perked back up immediately as soon as I gave her sunlight and watered.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower

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