A. Poinsettias will shed their leaves if they are subjected to rapid temperature fluctuations, drafts, or too chilly or dry environments. They also wilt and lose their leaves in reaction to a severe lack of water. Choose a plant that is robust and lush, with no yellowing on the leaf. If these symptoms continue, then it's time to replace the poinsettia.
Poinsettias suffer from both over- and under-watering. Overwatering will make the bottom leaves yellow and cause them to droop. Plants that are overwatered may potentially get root rot and perish. Plants that are allowed to dry out wilt and shed their leaves prematurely. Not allowing poinsettias to dry out prevents these problems from occurring.
Poinsettias like regular water but only during periods of drought. If you live in an area that experiences frequent wet seasons, such as coastal California, you will need to water poinsettias regularly to keep them growing healthily. Water the plant when the soil reaches its dry limit. This can be determined by looking at the soil around the roots; if it is sandy, then add more sand; if it is clay, add more compost or manure.
If you notice that the leaves are beginning to turn yellow, then stop watering the plant. This tells us that the roots are getting enough moisture. However, if all the leaves start to turn yellow, then the plant needs water immediately. Poinsettias are susceptible to fungus infections if they are not given sufficient water.
When it becomes too hot and dry, poinsettias wilt. Water the poinsettia from the top of the container, allowing the compost to dry fully before applying the next watering. However, if the leaves begin to droop, thoroughly hydrate them with tepid water. If you notice any signs of disease, contact your local horticulturalist for advice.
A: A fading poinsettia is either too hot, too wet, or too dry. Poinsettias require continual watering and will wilt if allowed to dry out. Feel the ground. If it is dry, properly water it, and it will rapidly recover, although some leaves will fall off as a result. If the soil is wet, take away any waterlogged plants and allow them to air-dry on a dry spot of your patio or in a sheltered area of your garden. Come back in a few days to check on them.
If the plant is very wilted or dead, do not try to revive it. Instead, choose another poinsettia or start new plants from seed.
Poinsettias are very sensitive plants that should not be moved unless it is an emergency situation such as when someone is in danger of being poisoned by ingested chemicals. Even then, please use caution so as not to cause additional injury by jarring the plant.
When you bring home a new plant, it needs space to grow and reach its full potential. It's best to give it a large container so that it has enough room to spread out and occupy itself while it figures out what types of roots it wants to grow. Don't worry about planting it now because it will stay potted up until it reaches maturity. Then you can move it to its final location.
The most common reason of a dying poinsettia is drought stress caused by underwatering and low humidity. Drought causes poinsettia leaves to wilt and drop off, giving the plant a withering aspect. Poinsettias are not cold-hardy, and temperatures below 60°F can cause a poinsettia to die. If you plan to expose the plant to cold temperatures, provide some type of protection for it.
If you choose to cut the poinsettia down to ground level for a new planting, be sure to remove any remaining leaves or flowers from the stem. This will help the new growth have an even start and avoid disease or damage from harsh winter winds.
Poinsettias are grown for their decorative red berries that appear after flowering. These fruits are not edible and should not be consumed. However, the seeds inside the fruit are viable and will grow more poinsettias if left in place of the dead plant.
Water the poinsettia if the soil seems dry on the surface. Water the plant well, but do not flood or soak it—gravel at the bottom of the container will help keep the roots dry. A humidifier or plant mister can help your plants keep hydrated if your home is dry during the winter months. Do not leave water standing in containers with potted plants, as this will cause root rot.
If you have a cold house, protect the poinsettia by covering it with a sheet of plastic wrap or wrapping it in aluminum foil before putting it into the refrigerator. Take the cover off when you want to change the water. This will prevent any ice from building up inside the pot and damaging the plant.
Poinsettias like their roots exposed, so do not put them in water that has drained into an empty container. The leftover moisture in the bottom of the pot may cause the roots to rot. Change the water every other day during the first month the plant is in water, then once a week thereafter. If the leaves begin to turn yellow, then the plant needs fresh air and more light. Move it outside for a few hours each day until it recovers.
Poinsettias with healthy foliage feature dark green leaves behind the bracts and foliage all the way to the root. Consider the following techniques to keep your poinsettia looking beautiful. Poinsettias require at least six hours of indirect sunshine every day. Protect the plants against cold conditions, especially if they are being transported. If you live in a cold climate, consider bringing up the temperature in your home during the winter months.
When you bring a poinsettia into your house for the holidays, place it in a cool, dry area away from any heaters or air conditioners. This will help it have a good rest before you put it on display. Avoid placing it in water, because that will cause the wood to absorb moisture and make it likely to get sick.
If you want to keep the beauty of your poinsettia longer, take some cuttings from its current season's growth. Insert the cutting into potting soil around a seedling root ball. Keep the container in a warm location with indirect sunlight. When the top third of the stem has brown tips, which indicates spring is near, transplant it into a garden where it can grow freely. This will produce more poinsettias in the future. Be sure to share your success story with us.
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