Plant Care Poinsettia


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About Poinsettia

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

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

How to care for Poinsettia

💦 Water

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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☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Poinsettia 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!

Benefits of Growing Poinsettia →

Common Poinsettia Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Poinsettia thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Poinsettia Water Frequency →

Poinsettia Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Poinsettia requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Poinsettia Light Requirements →

Poinsettia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Poinsettia is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

💨 Humidity

Poinsettia enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Poinsettia Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Poinsettia is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Poinsettia →

When and How to Successfully Repot Poinsettia →

💩 Fertilizer

Poinsettia grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Poinsettia to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Poinsettia is native to Worldwide.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Poinsettia bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Poinsettia grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Poinsettia →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Poinsettia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Poinsettia Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Poinsettia can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Poinsettia. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

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 21
Poinsettia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 15
Poinsettia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 11
Poinsettia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Poinsettia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
@Yvette avatar
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globe Crowborough, England

Such a lovely vibrant plant to have at home.

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globe Atlanta, GA

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

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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
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globe Mission, TX

It’s picky as hell

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globe Tinley Park, IL

Love these plants for the holidays!

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@SheLadyRed avatar
leaf-1 18 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.

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globe Camden, NC

Beautiful colors.

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leaf-1 9 Plants
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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.

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Leaves shed quite a bit.

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@Isabellem avatar
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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.

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@Latimeria65 avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
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Its cool plant and easy to care i have 2 at home and I recommend it 👍❤️

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globe Gainesville, FL

so pretty!!

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globe Lexington, NC

Needs a plant light for winter.

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@SFRG avatar
leaf-1 32 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

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@Kate79 avatar
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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. 😊❤️✌️

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@thorny4plants avatar
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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.

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