December 21, 1998
To keep poinsettias thriving, they require high light. However, if you intend to keep them just through the holidays, they can be placed in the lower light of a room's interior.
Thoroughly water poinsettias when the soil feels dry to the touch and before the plant wilts. A poinsettia will lose its lower leaves if it is allowed to wilt. When watering, continue to add water until it runs out the drain holes. Remember to remove all water that accumulates in a saucer in order to prevent the roots from decaying.
To retain a poinsettia's bright colors, wait until early spring to resume fertilizing poinsettias. Thereafter, apply fertilizer during the months of March through October.