How do I Propagate my Poinsettia Plant?
How do I propagate my Poinsettia plant now that its finished blooming?
Here’s how to propagate your Poinsettia Plant. Always wear gloves when working with a Poinsettia Plant because the sap can be very irritating if it gets on your skin.
1. Fill a 4″ pot, with drip holes in the bottom, with a soil that is 1/2 perlite and 1/2 coarse sand. Moisten it well.
2. Using a sharp clean scissors, cut a 2″-4″ piece of healthy stem from the base of your poinsettia plant. Be sure the stem has a few leaves at the top and a visible leaf node.
3. Dip the cut end of the stem in a little Rooting HormoneRooting Hormone helps plant cuttings produce new roots and is very important to use if you want your propagation attempts to be successful. Always dip the cut end of a stem or leaf into water and then dip it into the rooting hormone before planting it. Tap off any excess powder since too much hormone is worse than too little.. Plant 1/3 of the stem in the soil and gently press the soil around the stem.
4. Cover the pot with clear plastic, using a skewer to create a little dome. Place the pot in a warm area (at least 65 degrees) that gets indirect light. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
6. Two-three weeks after the Poinsettia cutting has rooted, remove the plastic and transplant the poinsettia cutting to a 6″ pot filled with a good potting soil. Place the new poinsettia plant in an area with very bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. and high humidity. Water weekly when the top 1″-2″ of soil dries out.