How to Revive a Dying Poinsettia Plant Properly

The reason for a dying poinsettia is typically due to drought stress because of inadequate irrigation as well as low levels of humidity. Poinsettia leaves will wilt and fall off, leaving a drab appearance when they are suffering from drought. Poinsettias aren’t cold-hardy and temperatures that are lower than 60 degrees F can be the cause of a dying poinsettia.

To bring back the dying poinsettia, it is crucial to recreate the ideal conditions for growth for the plant inside your own home.

Continue reading to learn how you can bring back your poinsettia plant if it’s dropping leaves, dying and turning black or yellow…

Poinsettia Dropping Leaves

The most likely cause for the leaves falling off of your poinsettia is due to an abrupt change in growth conditions or because of drought stress.

The dropping of leaves could be due to a drastic changes in temperature or air flow.

This is a common issue following the purchase of a poinsettia, if the plant is cultivated under specific conditions, typically in a greenhouse that has moderate temperatures, airflow and watering, after which it is taken to the shop or your home , where it needs to adapt to a new environment.

The stress caused by the<a href=”,no%20discoloration%20on%20the%20foliage.” rel=”noreferrer opener” target=”_blank”The variation in temperatures and airflow is usually the reason for leaves falling off your poinsettia.

Poinsettias are topical plants originating in Mexico that require consistent warm temperatures and drop leaves and die in the cold.

If the poinsettia plant is kept at a low temperature while being sold at temperatures lower than 53 degF (12degC) for a prolonged period, the leaves fall off and the plant will die after a few years of good maintenance, so make sure to purchase poinsettia from trusted growers whenever it is possible.

While it is in transit from the nursery, and or from the store to your home, the schedule of watering is interrupted and the poinsettia’s soil can dry up for a prolonged period of time, which could result in leaves dropping.

The older leaves usually fall off due to drought. The poinsettia attempts to reduce the loss of water from its leaves through cutting them down and reducing the need for water to survive in periods of drought.

Certain older leaves drop off naturally with time, but the sudden appearance of leaves falling is usually to be a sign of stress.


Poinsettia Wilting and Leaves Curling

If the poinsettia is turning brown as the leaves start curly it is an indication of water loss or low humidity. If the poinsettia is drying out the poinsettia quicker the roots may draw in water.

The reason for the watering problem could be due to that you haven’t watered the poinsettia enough often or watering it too lightly, so it is only the upper inch or two of soil is moistened and the water doesn’t penetrate and reach the roots in the proper places where it is needed.

The Poinsettia is native to the tropical areas and require a bit more humidity than most house plants , however the soil must dry little between watering sessions to ensure the proper balance of humidity.

Leaves curl in order to try to decrease the surface of the leaf, thereby reducing the loss of water.

The leaves of your poinsettia typically will curl and wilt as an indication of mild drought stress, whereas if drought stress is more severe, the poinsettia sheds leaves typically from the lowest.

The leaves have curled and wilted, rather than always falling off, it is possible to revive the poinsettia by taking attention and stop it from dying again.

How to Revive a Wilted Poinsettia

  • Transfer the poinsettia to an area that is not subject to direct air and drafts. There are a variety of elements in a house that could dry out the poinsettia in a hurry, like forced air, air conditioning and heating convention currents which all drain moisture from the leaves.
  • While the poinsettia is in bloom, make sure it isn’t placed in direct sunlight. Poinsettias prefer bright indirect light. Direct sunlight can cause stress to the plant.
  • Spray a spray on the plant. Spraying the plant can help create a moist micro-climate that can mimic the conditions of the poinsettia’s native tropical habitat. Spray the plant about every week. Spraying helps reduce losses of water from leaves.
  • Place the poinsettia in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes. As the soil dries, it may be water-resistant (repels water) which means that water isn’t able to reach the roots even though it is watered. This is especially true for the potting mixes which contain peat soil. The root ball is soaked in water to ensure that the poinsettia receives a needed drink , and can help to increase the chances of recovering.
  • Make sure to water your poinsettias more frequently. In most climates and homes, the recommended frequency is once a week. ideal. It is essential to determine the right frequency of watering for your particular conditions. Sprinkle the poinsettia with water for an ample soak, and then keep an eye on the soil over the course of about a week. When the top inch of soil appears dry, it is the best moment to water the plant to ensure the ideal balance of water.
  • Always ensure that you water your plants with a thorough soak. If you are watering too lightly then the water doesn’t get to the roots. Make sure that you water generously, so that excess water flows out of the bottom of the pot via the drainage holes. This is a sign that your soil has been evenly moist, and the roots are able to absorb the water they require.

If you have the right watering cycle and increased humidity, the poinsettia will begin to get back to its original appearance after two or three cycles of watering. The leaves will appear healthier.

ow to Revivify the Appeal of a Poinsettia that is dropping leaves

The poinsettia is usually saved, even if it’s falling off its leaf and seems to be dying, in the event of underwatering or a slight shock to the transplant, however exposure to extremely cold temperatures could cause the poinsettia’s death again, and it could be difficult for the poinsettia recuperate.

The best way to revive the poinsettia is to create the ideal conditions for growth within your home.

  • Poinsettias require a temperature of more then 60degF (15degC) during the day room temperature being acceptable and night temperatures of at least 55degF (13degC). Make sure to place your ornaments in a the warmest room in order to reduce stress on the plant.
  • The poinsettia should be placed in a spot which is far from cold winds or air conditioning, as well as forced air, or in other words, they do not sit close to any heat sources which can trigger sudden changes in temperature. Air currents eat away moisture from the leaves , causing them to fall off.
  • Place the poinsettia in an area with direct sunlight, as it is not tolerant of direct sunlight.
  • Give the poinsettia a thorough soak. If the falling leaves are followed by yellowing leaves and wilting, then determine if the soil is dry. To determine drought stress, touch the soil on the bottom of the pot via drain holes. If it is dry, the poinsettia needs a thorough soak.
  • Place the poinsettia into an area of water if it is suffering from drought stress. If the soil has dried completely, it may be able to repel water from the surface. By soaking the soil in the poinsettia will ensure that the water will penetrate the soil and get to the roots in a proper manner.
  • Poinsettias don’t like the soil to be wet or completely dry. If the top layer of soil is feeling a bit dry, it’s the ideal moment to soak up the water. The water cycle is akin to conditions of the native range of Mexico.

With a regular watering routine and the proper temperature, and direct light poinsettias can adjust to the new conditions.

It is important to note that poinsettias aren’t cold-hardy if they have been exposed to lower temperatures than the normal range for a long period of time, then the poinsettia may shed its leaves and then fade away.

(I suggest that you go through my post on the best way to water your poinsettias to find out how to determine the best irrigation practices to suit the climate at home).

Poinsettia Turning Yellow

If the leaves of your poinsettias have turned yellow, this is usually an sign of an overwatering However, it could be a sign of underwatering.

To determine if your poinsettia’s color is changing because of overwatering or drowning, examine the soil at the bottom of the pot by the drainage hole to determine whether the soil is dry or boggy.

A soil that’s saturated does not contain oxygen, which hinders the root from breathing and could cause fungal or root rot (which could also make the poinsettia’s leaves to black).

The leaves change color and become yellow. They then begin to droop.

The fact that you overwater your plants isn’t the only reason that can cause excessive moisture around the roots, which turns your poinsettias yellow.

  • Containers and pots that do not have drainage holes in their base. Pots with no drainage holes allow water to accumulate around the roots, which creates stress due to moisture and makes the leaves of the poinsettia change color.
  • The soil is compacted or the roots block drainage holes. If you notice that your soil is slow draining, then you should make sure that water is flowing easily.
  • Trays, saucers and outer pots are all able to prevent water from escaping, which keeps the soil muddy. Pots, trays, and saucers are frequently used to stop water from spilling into the house, but they must be cleaned regularly so that your soil can dry out properly, rather than remaining too wet.

A lot of fertilizer may cause the roots to become brittle and make the leaves to yellow, which is a sign of stress.

How To Revive Yellow Poinsettia

  • The soil should dry in a proper manner. Make sure that water escapes from the bottom of the pot in order to keep the proper equilibrium of water.
  • Reduce the amount of watering. Water only the poinsettia once the top inch is slightly dry. This is similar to the cycle of watering in the natural environment of the poinsettia.
  • If you have a schedule of watering that is in line with the needs of the poinsettia, the plant is able to re-grow. If the plant has root rot, it will be more difficult to save, and it’s likely that the plant will die.
  • Poinsettia doesn’t require fertilizer during the Christmas season because this will encourage growth of the foliage but at the expense of flowers. Apply fertilizer only after the flowers have bloomed and apply a half strength home fertilizer every month. Applying too much fertilizer in high doses can cause burning of the roots, making the leaves yellow and eventually kill the plant. Reduce the amount of fertilizers if you believe that this is the reason why the poinsettia’s color has changed so that it can recover.

Poinsettia Turning Black

If your poinsettia’s leaves are becoming black, it is because of cold or frost damage. Poinsettias aren’t cold-hardy and are extremely susceptible to frost.

Any time you are exposed to cold could kill the poinsettia, so try to keep it around the temperature of room.

If some of the leaves you have are beginning to turn black , ensure that they aren’t near windows that are cold as the frosty glass could turn the leaves to black.

Remove any damaged frost leaves that are exposed to cold temperatures by using a pair of pruning tools.

Make sure that the poinsettia plant is placed within the home with temperatures that are not below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15degC) to ensure that the plant is in good health.

Key Takeaways

  • The reason why a poinsettia is dying poinsettia can be due to stress from drought due to water loss and low humidity, which makes poinsettia plants to wilt and fall off as a indication of stress. Colder temperatures than 60 degrees F could cause the poinsettia’s leaves to fall and become into black, with a dying look.
  • Increase the amount of water by spraying the foliage with mist to revive the wilted poinsettia.
  • Make sure that the poinsettia is placed in a warm area and that the temperature is not lower than 60degF. If the leaves of poinsettia become black, it is usually because of cold temperatures. Cut the leaves that are black by using a pair of pruning shears.
  • If your poinsettia’s leaves are becoming yellow, it could be a sign of drought stress or excessive watering. Make sure to water your poinsettia when the top inch of soil is dry, to prevent excessive watering that can lead to root decay.


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