Poinsettias are not very long-lived plants in the best of circumstances, but you can certainly extend their life beyond one Christmas season with appropriate care.
Even better: You could grow replacement poinsettia and have continuous supply for your home all through December!
Read on and find out how to successfully propagate poinsettias.
Poinsettia Plant Propagation
You can get new poinsettia plants either by planting seeds or by rooting a cutting.
Rooting a poinsettia cutting is the only way to ensure that you will get an identical plant, but if planting seeds isn’t your thing then don’t worry. You never know-you might grow some amazing new varieties!
How to Propagate Poinsettia Seeds
When you notice the seed pods on your plant starting to brown, take them off immediately. Store in a closed paper bag until they are completely dry and then simply pop open for easy planting!
When you are learning how to propagate poinsettia seeds, it won’t take long before the process becomes easy and enjoyable.
There’s no need for chilling or any other special treatment – just sow each seed below ground in moist soil and keep them warm somewhere out of direct sunshine!
With a few weeks of regular watering, you’ll be able to see new seedlings sprouting from your poinsettia plants. Allow free air movement around the plants while they are very young so that diseases can’t take hold of them!
Rooting a Poinsettia Cutting
A common way to propagate poinsettia plants is by rooting cuttings. This can be done in greenhouses, on windowsills or if you have a garden that gets full sun then they might even just take root and grow there without any help at all!
To get the best new plants, it’s important to take healthy cuttings from vigorous parent plants. Cut off three-to six inch stems just after they’ve started growing in early summer and then stick these babies into your potting mix!
Rooting hormones are an essential tool for successful rooted plant cuttings. Tap some of the powder onto a paper towel and then dip the end in product before inserting into moist, pasteurized potting soil.
If you want to give your plants the best chance at growing, make sure they are in a place with plenty of humidity, and somewhere bright with indirect sunshine.
You can increase their chances by placing them inside plastic bags and then removing as much air from around them that possible. Cuttings will grow roots after about one month!