Plant Care Poinsettia


4.3 out of 5 (26 experiences)

Poinsettia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Poinsettia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Christmas Flower, Easter Flower, Lobster Flower Plant, Lobsterplant and Mexican Flame Leaf


Euphorbia pulcherrima

How to care for Poinsettia


How often to water your Poinsettia

Water needs for Poinsettia
0.5 cups
every 12

Poinsettia 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 Poinsettia

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Finding light for Poinsettia in your home

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

Poinsettia love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Poinsettia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Poinsettia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Poinsettia: 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 Poinsettia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Poinsettia can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Poinsettia



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

Poinsettia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
Poinsettia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Poinsettia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 7
Poinsettia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Poinsettia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Poinsettia has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Sultry avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Richardson, Texas

Love these plants for the holidays

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@Sheila lady
leaf-1 6 Plants
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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
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globe Camden, North Carolina

Beautiful colors.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 10 Plants
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globe Alpharetta, Georgia

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

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leaf-1 2 Plants
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Leaves shed quite a bit.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 29 Plants
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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 2 Plants
xp 245 XP

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

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Gainesville, Florida

so pretty!!

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globe Lexington, North Carolina

Needs a plant light for winter.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Rebecca avatar
leaf-1 31 Plants
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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
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globe Walled Lake, Michigan

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
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leaf-1 11 Plants
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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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