As the days grow shorter and the air takes on a crisp chill, our gardens and indoor spaces can still blossom with vibrant colours, like those of the Princettia®, a new style of Poinsettia!
These stunning plants are not only known for their cold weather tolerance (right up until the first frost) but are also perfect for filling in pots and borders during this time of year, just as other early autumn plants begin to fade away.
I’ll be talking about the many ways in which you can enjoy Princettia® indoors and outdoors on my Substack, like combining them in pots with other autumnal plants, so head there soon if you want some inspiration! Here, I’ll provide you with essential care tips for both indoor and outdoor varieties, so you can enjoy their beauty throughout the season.
Indoor Princettia® Care:
- Optimal Light
When cultivating Princettia® indoors, select a bright spot with indirect sunlight. A north- or east-facing window is usually ideal. Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure all sides receive even light.
- Temperature and Humidity
Maintain indoor temperatures between 15-24°C. Princettias® appreciate a touch of humidity, especially during the dry autumn and winter months. Place a tray of water near the plant or use a room humidifier to help maintain ideal moisture levels.
- Watering and Drainage
Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Ensure your pot has good drainage and never let your Princettia® stand in a saucer of water. Overwatering can lead to root rot.
- Fertilise Sparingly
During the growing season, feed your indoor Princettia® with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month. Reduce or cease feeding during the fall and winter when growth naturally slows.
Outdoor Princettia® Care:
- Select the Right Location
When it comes to outdoor Princettia®, location is key. These plants thrive in areas with filtered sunlight or partial shade. They can also handle direct morning sun but should be shielded from intense afternoon rays. Placing them in the right spot ensures their radiant blooms last longer.
Remember, these plants can survive the colder weather of autumn until it starts to get frosty! You should bring them inside before the first frost begins. They’re perfect for that ‘in-between’ seasonal moment.
- Plant it in Well-Drained Soil
Ensure your garden bed or outdoor pots have well-draining soil. Princettias® do not appreciate having their roots sitting in waterlogged soil. A soil mix rich in organic matter will provide the ideal growing conditions.
- Water Adequately
Princettias® like consistent moisture but not excessive watering. Let the soil surface dry slightly between waterings. To check, insert your finger into the soil about an inch deep; if it’s dry, it’s time to water.
- Pruning and Deadheading
To encourage continuous blooming, pinch or snip off faded flowers. This practice redirects energy to new growth and keeps your Princettia® looking fresh and vibrant.
Princettia® is particularly appreciated for its compactness, so it can even be used as a small table plant alongside larger container planting ideas.
By following my care tips mentioned above, you can enjoy these dazzling beauties well into the autumn months before the first frost hits, adding a burst of colour and life to your surroundings when other plants have begun to fade. Whether you’re nurturing them in your garden or adorning your indoor spaces, Princettias® will be the floral crowning glory of your home.
Have you bought a Princettia®? Let me know what your plans are for this plant in the comments below!
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook – and writes a plant-focused Substack called Grow This, Not That.