Christmas isn’t the same without the elegant Poinsettia plant decking our halls.
It’s Also known as the Christmas Rose or Star of Christmas because of its distinctive red leaves known as bracts. You can find Poinsettia plants with bracts in shades of pink and yellow too.
If you learn to take care of it, this little shrub doesn’t only have to be for the holidays.
Below we’ll find out exactly how often to water a poinsettia plant to keep it flourishing through to spring.
How Often Do You Water A Poinsettia Plant?
When it comes to watering any type of indoor or outdoor plant, there isn´t a precise answer to this question. How often you water your Poinsettia will depend on a whole range of things such as its environment and the season. A basic test to see if your plant needs watering is by feeling the soil. If you find that the soil is dry then the plant needs water. If the soil is moist, then it doesn’t.
How Do I Know If my Poinsettia Needs Water?
Poinsettias are tropical plants, which means that they like plenty of water and humidity. This said, too much water can be a bad thing for them.
If Poinsettias are overwatered, this will cause a lack of oxygen in the soil. Thus, this will prevent your plant won’t be able to absorb vital nutrients.
Damp conditions from overwatering also provide the perfect environment for root rot. This is a deadly fungal disease that invades your plant via its roots.
If your Poinsettia doesn’t get enough water, on the other hand, it will become sad and wilted. And as well as being dehydrated, your plant won’t be able to absorb nutrients from dry soil either.
If your plant has wilted leaves then this is a common sign that it’s being underwatered. But you should also be aware that wilted leaves can be caused by overwatering too.
If your Poinsettia plant is wilting, check the soil with your finger first before giving it water.
If the soil is dry then your plant is being underwatered and you should give it plenty of water immediately.
If the soil is wet and your plant is wilting then chances are it’s being overwatered. In this case, you should leave your plant to dry a bit before watering it again.
Bear in mind that Poinsettias die more often from overwatering than underwatering.
As well as feeling the soil to see how wet it is, you can feel the weight of the pot too.
If the pot is very light then the soil is dry and your Poinsettia needs water. If the pot is heavy then this means that there’s plenty of moisture in the soil.
This is a good technique to use to gauge the moisture levels of the whole pot.
Sometimes the top level of soil might be dry while the lower level remains damp. In this case, you can just give your Poinsettia light watering.
Giving your Poinsettia the right amount of water is vital for it to grow and survive. This is why you must get your watering levels just right.
Ultimately, the number of times you need to water your Poinsettia each week will depend on its environment.
The best way to find out how much water your Poinsettia needs is to check it daily. Once you get to know your plant, you´ll be able to gauge its needs without checking it every day.
These needs will change depending on the season and your plant’s living conditions.
A plant living in heated conditions will need more water than one that’s living in a cooler place for example.
The same can be said for the seasons. Generally, Poinsettias need more water in the summer and less in the winter.
The size of the plant and its pot will also determine how often it needs water. Plants with smaller pots will generally need more watering than those in larger ones.
As well as pot size, your growing medium is also something to consider.
Poinsettia is a tropical plant so it likes thin soil with good drainage. If your plant is in a heavier growing medium, then it will need watering less frequently.
Best Way to Water a Poinsettia
When it comes to watering your Poinsettia plant then you must make sure that it has adequate drainage.
Poinsettia plants are often sold with foil decoration. This can block the drainage holes so ideally, you should take this off or cut holes in it at least.
When you give your plant water, you should put it in a sink and water it from the top. You must water it gently. Poinsettia like to be moist, but not to the point where they’r drenched!
You’ll know that it’s had enough when the water starts to drip out of the drainage holes on your pot.
Once it’s watered, leave your plant sitting in the sink until all the water has dripped out. And for its final dry, you can leave it standing on a plate.
With the correct watering, you can keep your Poinsettia flourishing long after Christmas.
Frequently Asked Questions about How to Water A Poinsettia
How often should I water my Poinsettia?
This all depends on your plant and its environment. Monitor the moisture of the soil daily to learn how much water your plant needs. Your plant will usually need more water in the summer and less in the winter.
How can I tell if my Poinsettia needs water?
If the soil in the pot is dry or your plant’s leaves are wilting, these are signs that it needs watering. But be careful, wilted leaves are also a sign of overwatering. If the soil is wet, your plant doesn’t need more water.
What’s the best way to water a Poinsettia?
The best way to water your Poinsettia in the sink, watering from the top. You should never leave your Poinsettia sitting in a tray of water.
Marcel runs the place around here. He has a deep passion for houseplants & gardening and is constantly on the lookout for yet another special plant to add to his arsenal of houseplants, succulents & cacti.
Marcel is also the founder of Iseli International Commerce, a sole proprietorship company that publishes a variety of websites and online magazines.