Less is more when it comes to the watering needs of the poinsettia. Too much can overwhelm the roots, leading to potential rot and premature failure. You can usually tell when your poinsettia needs watering by examining the quality and appearance of the leaves. If they’re beginning to wilt or falling off completely, those are key signs that the plant is dehydrated. Another symptom is yellowing.
There’s a fine balance when it comes to watering poinsettias. So if the leaves look fine, but you haven’t watered it in a while, test the soil by poking a finger about an inch into the substance. Does it feel dry and crumbly? This is an indication that it’s time to water your plant. How often you water does depend to some degree on the location of the poinsettia, too. If it’s in a sunny space in the vicinity of a radiator, for example, then you may need to water it daily or every other day to achieve optimal results. But in a room that’s not as warm, you may be able to get away with more infrequent watering sessions.
Finally, lift the plant in its container. If it feels light to the touch, you can take that as a sign that your plant needs some water. To do so properly, simply wet the soil with room temperature water. If any excess water travels to the bottom of the pot, remove it to prevent root rot. Finally, mist your poinsettias to promote humidity. Again, it’s all about replicating their natural habitat.