The Q&A Archives: Poinsettia Leaves Curling

Question: The leaves on my Poinsettia are curling and wilting even though the soil is moist (or seems moist); am I watering too much or not enough?

Answer: It's difficult to tell from your description, what is troubling your poinsettia. It could be either, as you said, too much OR too little water, or something else. Here are suggestions for keeping it healthy. If you're not doing all of these things, maybe that's your problem!<br><br>Protect the poinsettia from drafts, keeping it in a room with temperatures between 60-70F. A sunny window is best as long as there are no drafts. Water as necessary to keep soil moist but not soggy.<br><br>Poinsettias WILL drop their leaves as the winter goes on. That's natural. If you'd like to try to keep the plant for next year, you can search our database using the word "poinsettia" and to find instructions on how to care for it and have it "bloom" next Christmas. <br><br>By the way, did you know that some people find the sap of the poinsettia causes a skin irritation? Wash carefully after handling. <br>

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