Growing Poinsettias from Cuttings can be bit tricky but we’ll make it easy for you! Follow the step-by-step guide for successful propagation!
Growing Poinsettias from Cuttings and keeping them in pots indoors is the best way to add a Christmasy vibe to your home all year round! Let’s have a look at how to grow and maintain it successfully!
Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
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Poinsettias are often associated with festive decorations, but you can keep this colorful houseplant, with a red and green hue, in your indoor garden after festivities are over easily and enjoy its vivid colors for months to come.
Growing Poinsettias from Cuttings
Propagating poinsettias is through stem cuttings during spring or summer is best.
- Take cuttings from a healthy plant, which has new growth. This will ensure a better success rate.
- Using a sharp pair of sanitized shears, snip off 6-8 inches long cuttings from the plant. Do make sure that you are not damaging the mother plant in the process.
- Remove the lower foliage, leaving at least 2-3 leaves on the top.
- Dip the ends of the cutting in honey or rooting hormone.
- Now, fill a pot with a fresh, well-draining potting mix, Make a small hole in the growing medium and plant the cutting, about 1-2 inches deep in the soil. Pat the soil around the cutting to fix it in place.
- The cuttings will root best in the temperature range of 60–85 F (15-30 C)
Note: Wear gloves before starting the process as the white sap from the stem can be very exasperating, especially if you are allergic to latex. Make sure sap does not get into your eyes.
Maintaining Right Humidity While Growing Poinsettias from Cuttings
Using a spray bottle, mist the cuttings along with the growing medium and cover it with a plastic bag. Remember, the more the humidity, the better it will be as poinsettias root best in high humidity, between 90-100 percent.
Best Location for Growing Poinsettias from Cuttings
Keep the pot at a location where it gets bright, indirect light. Avoid keeping it in direct sunlight. An hour of early morning sun exposure will be great. Also, make sure that the pot has enough space around it for good airflow. The cutting will form roots in 4-6 weeks.
Important Points to Follow While Growing Poinsettias from Cuttings
- Avoid exposing the plant to sudden temperature changes. Do not expose the cuttings to direct afternoon sunlight.
- Keep it away from cold drafts of air, like an AC vent. It can affect the rooting process adversely and may also result in the plant’s death.
- Avoid overwatering the plant at all costs.