Why Poinsettia Plants Lose Leaves

Help!! My new poinsettia is losing all its green leaves! What should I do??? Sandra

Hi Sandra,


Poinsettia plants usually lose green leaves when they are over-watered. A Poinsettia is a type of Euphorbia and prefers dry soil. Do not water until the green leaves start to droop a little and the plant is light when you lift it. Once you water, even a very droopy plant will quickly perk up. Also, be sure there are drip holes in the bottom of the pot so excess water can drain out and never allow a poinsettia to sit in water.

You can read all my care tips for a poinsettia in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. Learn how much light, water, fertilizer a poinsettia needs. Read about after bloom care and how warm or cold the room where you keep the plant should be at: