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· Before venturing outside place the poinsettia in a plant sleeve or carefully wrap it to prevent exposure to cold temperatures.
· Exposure to freezing temperatures, even for a brief
moment, may cause the leaves to blacken and drop.
· As soon as you get home, unwrap the plant and place it near a sunny window or other well-lighted area. Don’t
let the plant touch the cold window pane. Keep the
poinsettia away from cold drafts or heat outlets. If
possible, move the plant to a cooler room at night (600)
· If the pot is wrapped in decorative foil, punch a hole in the foil at the bottom of the pot for water drainage and place a saucer underneath the pot.
· Water needs can be determined by the finger test.
Check the potting soil daily. When the soil becomes
dry to the touch, water the plant until it freely flows out the bottom of the pot. Discard the excess water which drains into the saucer.
· Both over– and under-watering cause problems for
poinsettias. The lower leaves of over-watered plants turn yellow and drop. Dry plants wilt and drop leaves prematurely. If wilting does occur, water the plant
thoroughly to moisten the soil, then re-water in
5 to 10 minutes, but never allow the plant to stand in