Poinsettia Fertilizer Requirements: How And When To Fertilize Poinsettias

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, http://www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com Poinsettias are striking tropical plants appreciated for the bright color they provide during the winter holidays. With proper care, poinsettias can retain their beauty for two to three months, and if you’re dedicated, you can even get poinsettias to rebloom the following year. Let’s learn about a very important aspect of that care: fertilizing poinsettias. Best Fertilizer for Poinsettia Plants Poinsettias do fine with any good quality, all-purpose fertilizer. A water-soluble fertilizer is easiest to apply, but a dry fertilizer will also satisfy poinsettia fertilizer requirements. Be sure to water the plant thoroughly after fertilizing poinsettias, especially if you use a dry fertilizer. Otherwise, the fertilizer may scorch the roots and damage the plant. Don’t bother fertilizing your poinsettia while it’s blooming; it isn’t necessary. Similarly, if you don’t intend to keep the plant and your goal is to simply

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