Red Poinsettia

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  • Perfect For Holiday Season Decor
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 12-24 inches

Do you hear holiday bells? It could be a sign that you are in great need of a crimson tropical shrub native to Mexico. This merry house plant, Red Poinsettia, is a common ornamental plant used to decorate holiday halls during Christmas. What many people don’t know, however, is that they should not throw this vibrant evergreen out with the wrapping paper after the Christmas gifts are opened, but instead maintain it. With reasonable care, this new plant companion can offer continued vibrant cheer every holiday season, year after year.

Best Locations For Growing Red Poinsettia

This striking tropical shrub will thrive in any room that has at least six hours of bright, indirect light, 50% to 75% humidity, and temperatures between 65° to 75°. Due to this evergreen’s love of moderate to high humidity, avoid placing it near any types of heating devices, including fireplaces.

Red Poinsettia Sunlight Requirements

To do well, Red Poinsettia needs a minimum of six hours of bright, indirect light. Position it a few feet away from south-facing and east-facing windows.

Red Poinsettia is a unique tropical shrub. Its legendary crimson-colored bracts, often mistaken for the plant’s flowers, are directly affected by the amount of light the plant receives. The more bright light the plant receives, the brighter the color of the bracts.

Red Poinsettia Care

Alternating the amounts of light and darkness this evergreen receives during the fall months will enable this house plant to reproduce its crimson-colored bracts during the holidays.

Dead leaves should be trimmed in order to promote growth and prevent disease. Pruning, however, is not required frequently unless your goal is to grow a bigger plant. You can do this by simply pinching the plant throughout the growing season.

Red Poinsettia prefers soil that is loamy, acidic, and well-draining. A good houseplant potting soil amended with peat moss and perlite should suit your new plant companion. Start your Red Poinsettia out with an 8-inch or 9-inch pot.

With respect to repotting this showy shrub, cut it back to approximately four inches in early spring and then transfer it to a pot that is two to four inches bigger than the old pot. Red Poinsettia is susceptible to root rot, so this is a good time to also check the soil and change it if necessary.  

Watering Red Poinsettia

Red Poinsettia is susceptible to root rot, so avoid overwatering. Conducting a moisture check prior to watering will help you prolong the life of your new flamboyant friend. Simply insert your finger one to two inches beneath the soil. If the soil is dry, then water. If not, wait a day or two to conduct another moisture check.

Feeding Red Poinsettia

Except during the blooming season, this evergreen requires monthly feeding with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Red Poinsettia Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Above Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 12-24 inches
Mature Spread: 12-24 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Red
Flower Shade/Description: Red
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
Foliage Description: Red and Green
Temperature: 65° - 70°F (18° - 21°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Red Poinsettia
Other Name(s): Pointsettia
Scientific Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.