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DIY: Holiday Poinsettia Tree

Difficulty: Easy

Get more out of your holiday Red Poinsettia by creating a stunning display using real stems! Spruce up your evergreen with these contrasting red Poinsettia plants to create cool holiday vibes. Just follow these simple steps!

Red Poinsettia is available on Plants.com

Here are the supplies you will need:

Red Poinsettia

Scissors or pruning shears

A glass of water or a candle

Christmas tree

Gloves

(Optional) Water pick

Step 1: Gather Your Cuttings

Cut the flower and bract of your poinsettia and leave about 4-6 inches of stem.

Poinsettia Tip: Bracts are often misidentified as flowers by most people. Bracts or “modified” leaves are different from their leaf-like counterparts due to their appearance. Bracts can vary in size, color, and shape; for poinsettias, the showy red color is what makes it perfect for the holiday season with its festive bright colors.

Note: Poinsettias secrete a white sap and although not poisonous, may cause skin irritation. You should consider using gloves when gathering your cuttings.

Step 2: Remove Leaves

Remove the leaves by cutting them off with a clean pair of gardening shears or scissors. Remove some of the outer bracts if you want to encourage your poinsettia to bloom its tiny yellow buds.

STEP 3:  Place Cuttings in Water

Leave the cut poinsettias in a cup of cool or hot water for up to 30 minutes to allow the cut ends to seal. This will prevent your cuttings from wilting.

You could also sear the tips with a candle to close rather than using water.

Tip: Remember that Poinsettias grow in the hot deserts of Mexico, adding heat to your poinsettias to close the cuttings will not harm it.

STEP 4:  Place Cuttings into your Tree or Place Cuttings into Water Pick

If you decide to use the water-filled pick to place the poinsettia leaves in your tree, then poke each stem into a water pick and nestle into your tree.


Tip: Do not use the same water used to seal the stems, get fresh water for your water picks. Check the water levels frequently, as it may dry out in just a matter of days. We recommend using these water picks because Poinsettias do dry out and may wilt quickly.

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2 COMMENTS

  • debi

    how do you get it to turn there colors, I have them green

    • Benjamin
      AUTHOR

      Hi Debi, encouraging your Poinsettia bracts to change red is a process. You’re going to have to eliminate it’s exposure to light completely, for at least 12 hours or more a day. During the day, keep it in the sun for a minimum of 8 hours. It’s also important to make sure it stays in warm temperature, between 60-70 degrees (Farenheight) should be best but nothing below 50! Make sure to water as needed if the soil drys out.

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