How to Grow a Winter Rose Poinsettia

Just bought a Winter Rose poinsettia. I love it! But how do I care for it? I really want it to last through the holidays. Thank you!!

Hi Beth,

A new type of long lasting poinsettia, the Winter Rose variety looks like a beautiful rose in bloom. Better yet, the lovely colorful “bracts” last much longer. A Winter Rose may still be colorful in March or April while usual poinsettias have faded and lost leaves. The care for a Winter Rose is the same as that for other poinsettias.


This plant was first developed by the Paul Ecke Plant Company.  The leaves and bracts on the Winter Rose variety are smaller and tend to curl under and the plant is usually shorter than regular poinsettias. Winter Rose poinsettias are available in red, white, pink, and marble.

Here are some tips to help you care for your Winter Rose poinsettia.

Poinsettia plants do best in bright indirect light but no direct sun. If you place your poinsettia  close to a window, be sure none of the leaves touch the glass or the cold will damage them.

Poinsettias are members of the Euphorbia family and should not be over- watered. Always allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering to prevent root rot. Over-watering causes green leaves to fall off, leaving bare stems topped by a few colorful bracts. Severe under-watering, in which a poinsettia plant badly droops, results in both green and colored leaves dropping off. Be careful not to get the leaves wet when watering. Water drops cause unsightly white marks on the beautiful flowers. The flowers are really modified leaves.

You can read all my advice on how to grow and care for a regular poinsettia and a Winter Rose poinsettia, so that they stay looking good for several months, in the Popular Houseplants section of the website.