How to Choose the Perfect Poinsettia Plant

Last Updated on November 6, 2022

When choosing a poinsettia plant for yourself or as a gift, there are a couple of things you need to know. Find out what to look for to get the best value for your money.

poinsettia plant

During the holiday season, you can buy a poinsettia plant almost everywhere. Grocery stores, warehouse clubs, home improvement stores, big-box retailers, pharmacies, you name it.

With so many outlets selling poinsettias, how do you know if you’re getting a good quality plant for your money?

Buying Poinsettias: What To Look For

If you are looking to purchase a poinsettia plant for yourself or as a gift, and want to get the best value for your hard-earned dollar, here are a couple of things to look for:

  • When choosing a poinsettia, look for ones with dark green foliage and fully-colored bracts.
  • The best poinsettia plants are full and balanced. Look for one about 2 1/2 times taller than the pot it’s in and looks good from all sides. A poinsettia plant that has not been pinched back will tend to have more bracts, but they will be noticeably smaller.
  • Look for a poinsettia just starting to flower. Check the base of the bract. The new flowers are green and red-tipped. Poinsettia bracts maintain their color much longer if you select one in the beginning stages of flowering.
  • Avoid plants that have droopy or yellow leaves or plants that are wilted with moist soil. This is a sure sign that the plant is under stress.
  • Always have your poinsettia wrapped if the temperature is below 50°F outside.
  • Don’t leave the plant wrapped too long after purchasing. A poinsettia plant that is left wrapped or sleeved will deteriorate quickly.

The quick video walks you through choosing the perfect poinsettia, including some tips on buying poinsettias earlier in the season or closer to the actual holiday.

I hope you liked the video and learned some new information about choosing a poinsettia plant.

One More Quick Tip

Many non-floral outlets, from convenience stores to big-box stores, use poinsettias as “loss leaders” or impulse sale items. They are normally placed near a cold and drafty entrance or exit area.

These are not ideal conditions for any indoor plant, especially not for poinsettias. And judging by the plants I see in some stores, I’m certain many also have a “no water” policy.

You should avoid buying a poinsettia displayed in a protective plant sleeve, like the ones shown here.

They should be used for transporting them only and removed promptly upon arrival.

sleeved poinsettias

You may find a good deal on poinsettias in these stores, but remember, you get what you pay for.

Pay a visit to your local florist if you care about getting a quality, locally-grown plant from a trusted source. When it comes to poinsettias, they’re the real experts.

Hopefully, these tips will help you find a quality poinsettia plant at a great price.

If you’re looking for tips on caring for your poinsettia, you can find more information here: Poinsettia Care Tips

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