Caring for poinsettia - 4 tips


Here we explain how to take care of your poinsettia and how to properly summer it so that it can bear its red leaves after a year.

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As soon as the advent season approaches each year, innumerable flower shops offer the Christmas star (Euphorbia pulcherrima), which actually comes from America, in different sizes. Among other things in the bright leaf colors red, pink and white. Sometimes, however, also with color-lined leaves, the so-called bracts (bracts), in green or white.

While the poinsettia, also known as the advent star or the Christmas star, literally spreads in the garden as a shrub up to 5 meters high, it can only be bought and cared for from us as a houseplant. Poinsettias are actually plants that can be admired for several years, which can be easily done in a pot if the flower sticks are properly cared for!


  • Buy 1 poinsettia - what to look for?
  • Caring for 2 poinsettias - 4 tips
    • 2.1 Tip 1 - Light / temperature
    • 2.2 Tip 2 - pouring
    • 2.3 Tip 3 - fertilize
    • 2.4 Tip 4 - Cutting / repotting
  • Bring 3 poinsettia over the year

Buy poinsettia - what to look for?

  • When buying, you should always make sure that the almost inconspicuous looking flowers inside the respective flower stock make a relatively fresh impression and have not already fallen off.
  • The biggest problem is also that the poinsettia should be transported home by the florist as far as possible without drafts in order to maintain its full splendor for a long time. Ideally, you should have it loosely wrapped in paper on frosty days.

" Tip: The darker the foliage, the longer the poinsettia will last!

Caring for poinsettia - 4 tips

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Tip 1 - light / temperature

It is important that a poinsettia gets 12 light hours (sun) per day if possible, which can be compensated for with artificial daylight at any time. In principle, however, the poinsettia loves a low-temperature sun spot (approx. 20 degrees room temperature). Penumbra can sometimes cause slight problems.

Tip 2 - pour

It is also important for the care that the poinsettia is always kept slightly moist with as little water as possible - the Christmas star is extremely sensitive to waterlogging! You can recognize too much irrigation water by the yellowing of the leaves, which can also cause the plant to die. In such cases, repot the stick into new soil or a new substrate as soon as possible.

Tip 3 - fertilize

During flowering (not to be confused with the colored bracts), poinsettias need a commercially available complete fertilizer if possible. The same applies to the period of growth - usually immediately after repotting.

Tip 4 - cutting / repotting

In spring you can cut back the poinsettia generously and repot it into fresh soil or substrate. During the summer months, you can then keep it in a protected, light-flooded outdoor area. And in autumn at the latest you can enjoy the fresh leaves again.

Bring poinsettia over the year

The poinsettia must be dark from autumn | © Mark J. Grenier / If you give the poinsettia sufficient care after the actual “season”, you don't have to buy a new copy next year. The following points are important so that the poinsettia can “summer” well:

  1. In the summer months, the poinsettia is allowed to stand outdoors, but here in a partially shaded place.
  2. In autumn, the poinsettia must be dark, which means: no light for at least 12 hours. Choose a location in a dark room or cover the Christmas star with a dark film.
  3. To ensure that the poinsettia forms its red leaves again in time for Advent, you should start with the "dark phase" about 8 weeks beforehand - in other words, from the beginning of October.