Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are popular holiday houseplants because they flower in mid-winter. A poinsettia's beauty is long-lasting because the plant has bracts (persistent colored leaves) instead of flowers. With proper care, a poinsettia can last throughout the holiday season!
Lighting should be bright area of your home but not too much direct light as it can scorch the leaves (bracts).
Water thoroughlyand then to a slight moistness, never bone dry. Lift the pot up and if it feels very light, then water right away.
Temperatures are ideal between 65- and 70-degrees F. Damage can occur at 50 degrees or less.
Avoid placing your poinsettia to close to cold drafts, heater vents, fireplaces, or places where temperatures can fluctuate.
Fertilization is not required while blooming.
Poinsettias are not poisonous, but the sap may cause dermatitis which is irritation of the skin. If small children or animals consume them, they will probably get an upset stomach if they ate very much.