Growing guide

How to grow poinsettias

Poinsettias are widely grown Christmas houseplants. Once their bright colours fade they are usually thrown away as it's easy and cheap to buy another one, but it can be fun to grow them on so that they produce colourful bracts in the next year.

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Quick facts

  • A tender, seasonal houseplant
  • Flowers in December to January
  • Repot in spring or discard after flowering
  • Typically 60cm (2ft) high by 30cm (1ft) wide, but mini ones are available
  • Position in bright, warm room, out of direct sunlight
  • Keep compost just moist 
  • Avoid contact with milky sap, which can cause skin and eye irritation
     

All you need to know

While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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