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How Often Should You Water a Poinsettia Plant

Did you pick up or receive a poinsettia plant for the holidays? If you are wondering how often you should water a poinsettia plant, then this post is for you! Learn how to give proper care when watering poinsettias with these simple tips.

As we are quickly approaching the holidays, I’m getting lots of messages about poinsettia care.

And particularly with many of you asking how often poinsettia plants needs to be watered.

We covered poinsettia care HERE, but let’s deep dive a little further into how much water a poinsettia plant needs to thrive.

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How Often to Water a Poinsettia Plant

The poinsettia plant is a popular holiday plant that brightens up any winter decor.

Poinsettias are widely popular during the Christmas season and often given as gifts.

It is a tropical plant that grows wild in the deciduous forests of Central America.

For the best poinsettias care, they should be kept in a room with lots of bright, indirect natural light.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s important to water poinsettias only when dry.

And equally important not to allow the poinsettia plant to sit in water or the roots will suffer from root rot.

So how do you know when to water a poinsettia?

To determine when to water, check the plant daily.

When the soil surface is dry to the touch, water until it flows from the drainage hole.

And if the soil surface feels moist and cool, leave it be.

If the poinsettia plant is still wrapped in foil, remove the pot from the foil until watering is complete and excess water has drained out the bottom.

Where poinsettias are concerned, too much or too little water can be bad thing.

So the best way to keep a poinsettia happy and healthy is to check it daily.

And always keep this in mind…Do not leave the plant standing in water.

Poinsettia roots that sit in standing water will rot and cause plant decline.

And nobody wants that!

How to Care for Poinsettias

How Much Water Should You Use When Watering a Poinsettia Plant?

The best method for watering a poinsettia is to do it in the kitchen sink.

Remove any foil and ensure there is a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot.

If there is no drainage hole, add one because the poinsettia will suffer from root rot if you don’t.

To hydrate, saturate the plant under slow running water.

And allow it to fully drain before adding the foil back on or adding to a tray or saucer.

How to Care for Poinsettias

Can You Overwater a Poinsettia

The answer is yes – so don’t do it.

When you water, make sure you allow the water to drain out of the drainage hole.

And avoid watering it with the foil on the bottom.

Yes, I know it’s kind of a pain to take that foil off every time you water, but trust me, the poinsettia will thank you later.

Can You Use Ice Cubes to Water Poinsettias?

Yes you can.

But again, keep in mind the above when using ice cubes to water poinsettias.

I’ve not tried it myself, but I’ve read roughly 6-8 cubes works well.

But remember to allow excess water to drain out.

And check the plant daily before adding ice cubes again to water.

How Do You Take Care of a Poinsettia Indoors?

Poinsettias can be a bit finicky as they prefer certain light conditions and room temperature.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information on poinsettia care.

But here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:

Poinsettia Care Quick Tips

  • Keep poinsettias in a bright area where it receives six to eight hours of indirect sun per day.
  • Do not maintain the poinsettia plant near heat vents or drafts because both lead to leaf drop.

For more detailed poinsettia care tips, including how to get it to reblooms, check out this post: The Ultimate Guide to Poinsettia Care.

How to Care for Poinsettias

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