For poinsettia to feel good and thrive, it has to be given the right location. With these tips, you will find the ideal place.
The original home of the poinsettia is subtropical dry forests. Because of its beautifully red-colored bracts, it managed to become one of the most popular houseplants in the world. Produced as short-lived seasonal plants, poinsettias are offered in large quantities in the weeks leading up to Christmas, often also in hardware stores and supermarkets whose employees are not necessarily familiar with the care of sensitive plants.
Our tip: Better to buy the poinsettia in nurseries and garden centers, where you can be sure that the plant will be treated as a sensitive creature and not just as a commodity.
The poinsettia needs a bright, warm location without direct sunlight. A place at the east or west window without drafts is well suited. The temperature should be between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius. In summer the plant can stand outside. In autumn it takes more than 12 hours of darkness a day to form new flowers.
Where is the best place to put the poinsettia?
The tropical plant does not like cold and drafts at all, which is why you must wrap the poinsettia well in several layers of paper for transport home. When you get home, you look for a bright to a partly sunny location for your new roommate, as you can find on east and west windows. During the winter months, the poinsettia can get a little direct sunlight in the morning and evening hours, but this should be avoided during the rest of the year.
If necessary, the window can be shaded with a semi-permeable curtain or a roller blind. On wider window sills you can place the plant in the pot in front of a lush ornamental leaf so that it provides natural shade. In a sun-drenched room, it is best to find a place for the poinsettia outside of the direct rays of sunlight.
Poinsettia: more tips on location
If the windowsill is made of cool stone, you should protect the poinsettia from the cold creeping up from below, as it damages its roots. With a coaster made of cork or a wooden tray, you can always give the poinsettia “warm feet”, which will thank you with long-lasting beauty.
When it comes to temperature, the plant is also a little picky: overheated rooms are a horror to it and make it prone to pest infestation. Ideally, one ensures 18 to 20 degrees Celsius. If it is a little warmer, the poinsettias will tolerate it, but in this case, you should avoid extreme temperature fluctuations.
Oh dear, the poinsettia is losing its leaves! Often this is a reaction of the plant to drafts. To save her this, it is important to avoid cool drafts in any case. So never open the window where the plant is standing briefly to ventilate, but choose another option.
If your poinsettia has survived the winter: Congratulations, then you have done everything right when it comes to location and care! As a reward, you are welcome to send it to the balcony or terrace in the summer during the warm months. However, its location should then be shaded.
As soon as the days get cooler, you bring it into the house, but here too there is a special feature to consider when choosing a location: the poinsettia is a so-called short-day plant that only develops its flowers if they only grow less than a day for at least six weeks Got 12 hours of light. The unlit stairwell or a cellar with a window are suitable locations for this. As an auxiliary solution, you can put a large box over the pot with the poinsettia every afternoon.
You can find even more information in our plant portrait
Would you like to find out more about poinsettia, its leaves, and flowers? In our plant portrait, we present the tropical plant in more detail. There you will also find further tips on caring for poinsettias – including tips on watering, fertilizing, and repotting.