Planting Poinsettias in Your Lawn or Landscape

PoinsettiaWhat we consider when planting a seedling? Of course, there are some considerations for every type of plant and tree, but “planting” in a proper climate is the most important thing to think about. Planting poinsettias requires special care, like a site with partial shade, well-drained soil, sunny location with wind protection, and more. To aid growth, immediate mulching, pruning, as well as watering, and optional fertilizing needs to be done. Poinsettias cannot tolerate frost, which means they can thrive well in zones 9-11 on the USDA hardiness map. If everything sounds good, you can plant container poinsettias. Early spring is usually an ideal time for planting poinsettia, as the threat of frost and snow has passed. The hotter soil will encourage the growth of the plant.

Plant Survival and Site Selection

You can store the poinsettia plant on a patio or in a garage. These areas are perfect because they offer cool, but not freezing atmosphere, based on what your climate is like. Limiting watering and cutting back branches make certain that the plant make it through planting time. Ideal site selection is crucial for planting poinsettia effectively and successfully, much the same as planting trees. Scan your garden or yard for a sunny location that gets minimum 6 hours of direct light daily. Locations with southern exposure do well, as well as a spot with wind protection is likewise suitable, as is partial shade because poinsettias thrives in cool and moist soil.  We have purchased a number of poinsettias from a company that does tree service as well.  It is Ocoee Tree Service and they are quite reliable with good pricing.

Well-Drained Soil

Well-drained soil is also important for poinsettias; ideally a spot that is higher than the surrounding ground of the plant. But how can we test “how well the soil drains?” We can do this through a test by making a small hole in the ground as well as filling it with water. Seven hours later, if the water is completely drained, then it is the ideal soil. Poinsettias do well in well-drained soil (pH between 5 and 7), so changes might be important to more alkaline soils.

Planting Instructions

A hole double the size of the plant’s root ball need to be dug. It is very similar to the process when planting trees. The poinsettia should be taken out of the container, its roots meticulously loosened and spread marginally before setting it into the ground. Now, the hole need to be filled with soil. Add a thin layer of mulch right after planting poinsettias; this is essential in order to keep the soil moist and cool.


Pruning is usually needed after planting poinsettias to encourage growth as well as to prepare plants to have an attractive shape. The main branches must have about 5 to 6 inches visible above the soil line. Many growers reject the idea of adding fertilizers, but, if preferred or selected, feeding should take place only twice a month. Nevertheless, it is always a wise thought to follow manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

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