The Q&A Archives: Propagation of Poinsettias

Question: Can you describe a method for propagating a poinsettia? Does placing the stem of a leaf through saran wrap covering a water filled pan sound right?

Answer: Poinsettia is usually propagated by cuttings taken in mid spring when the plants are normally trimmed back for repotting, but you could try with a cutting taken any time. Use four to six inch tip cuttings and set them into barely moist/damp sand. Cover the pot with a clear plastic bag to maintain humidity and set it in a very bright location out of direct light. Move to individual pots when rooted; allow to acclimate to being in the pot and then move to bright direct sun; keep them evenly moist but not soggy. Good luck with your poinsettias!

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