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Christmas Poinsettia Plants

How to choose and care your Poinsettia Plant

With their vibrant red leaves, Poinsettia are the classic houseplant at Christmas. When planning on decorating your home, Poinsettia are a great way to add a splash of colour.

Thinking of giving? Poinsettia are cheerful way to celebrate Christmas and show them that you care and appreciate them.

When choosing a plant, be sure to notice the red leaves are a bright red colour and the under leaves deep dark green. Check the flowers (located in the centre of the red leaf branches (called bracts) are tightly closed and not shedding pollen.

There are many Poinsettia varieties for you to choose from. The classic is red, however you can also find pink and white varieties in store at Camberwell Florist.

Poinsettia Plant Care

Poinsettia are pretty easy to care for. Follow these tips and you will enjoy your plant well beyond they festive season.

Transporting your Plant home

After choosing your plant, ask to have it wrapped in paper to protect its leaves. Exposure to extreme temperatures, sun and wind can cause plant shock, putting your plant under stress.

Ideal conditions for a healthy Poinsettia plant

It’s probably a good time to let you know they natural habitat of Poinsettias. That way it will give you an idea of where to place your plant to stay happy and thrive.

Poinsettia are native to Central America. In fact, they grow wild from Mexico to Guatamala, growing in mid elevation on Pacific Ocean facing slopes.


Poinsettia love bright light, but don’t want to be in direct sunlight. Ideally, 4-6 hours of sunlight daily.


Ideally, not too hot and not too cold. About 20 degrees Celsius. Avoid placing Poinsettia where there are draughts or air-conditioning blowing onto their leaves, as they will tend to dry out.


Poinsettia like the soil to stay moist. Check the top of the soil frequently to ensure it does not dry out. When it’s time to water your plant, it’s best to take it over to the sink. Gently, lift the dark green leaves up and out of the way and pour the water directly onto the soil. Water will cause marking or blotting on the leaves.

Allow the water to flow freely and drain completely.

Most importantly, do not let the pot sit in water as this will cause root rot and they plant will become very unhappy.

Camberwell Florist has wonderful selection of Poinsettias, in both large and small pots.

Poinsettia Plant