Choose a pot at least 400 mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade that is sheltered from strong winds. If keeping the plant indoors, ensure that it placed in a position that receives at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight per day.
Poinsettias dislike cool climates and frosts. If in a frost prone area, protect your plants by moving them indoors for the cooler periods.
Poinsettias naturally flower in winter, with the shorter days and longer nights. In Australia it is often grown in greenhouses that control temperature and light to promote flowering at other times of the year.
There are many different colours available from the deep red to pinks and white.
After flowering, give the plant a trim and pot up into larger pots as necessary to promote new growth for the next flowering period.
Tip pruning can be done in January to help promote bushy growth and form.
Poinsettias are a lovely gift for Mothers day, Christmas or used as a table centrepiece or decoration around the house.
Take care when pruning as the milky sap that is released by this plant is poisonous if consumed. Always wear appropriate protective equipment when pruning.