Have you ever wished you could increase your points on the holidays? The good news: you can!

These plants, also known as Christmas flowers, are usually propagated from cuttings and this is what I will share with you today.

Even professional nurseries grow from winter flowering tree cuttings, ensuring that newly propagated specimens from mother tree clones.

However, a word of caution: this particular home garden challenge is probably more appropriate for them with established green thumbs, as it can be a bit complicated.


Now that you have been warned that growing these holiday plants is not without its challenges, with a few tips from professional poinsettia growers I will provide you with a step-by-step guide to make your promotion project possible. To realize. Success.

Here’s an overview:

What to learn from this article

  • New Expect new growth
  • Collect your tools
  • Promote Point in 7 steps
  1. Protect your skin and eyes
  2. Choose your container
  3. Add culture medium
  4. Take the cut
  5. Apply rooting hormone
  6. Keep in a bright and moist place
  7. Make your root cut pot


To grow poinsettias from cuttings, you need to start with a live plant and wait until spring or summer.

According to Curtis W. Smith, a PhD in New Mexico State University Co-operative Extension Service and extension horticulturist, it is better to cut from active new growth.


This means that if you feel like starting this project in the middle of winter, you can try it, but your chances of success will be less.


Before you start, you want to collect all your materials to make sure you have everything you need before you cut first.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Green and actively growing poinsettia plant.
  2. A pair of sterile, sharp pruning scissors or scissors.
  3. Sterilized culture vessels such as small nursery pots, plastic cups or flat seedlings.

4) Culture media, such as coconut fibre, potting soil or a mixture of vermiculite and perlite.

  1. To cover the container with a moisture dome or clear plastic bag.
  2. An evaporator or evaporator.
  3. A four or six-inch pot to spread the original or cut cuts.

8. Garden or rubber gloves (optional).

  1. Routing hormones (alchemical).

I will walk you through seven steps as well as what you will do with each. This will help you read the whole process before you start.



Now that you have waited for the perfect moment and collected your contents, now is the time to spread the word! Ready? Let’s go!

  1. You have to protect your skin and eyes

Before you start, you may want to don a pair of garden gloves or rubber dishwashing gloves. White sap can be very itchy if cut or broken from pincetatius, especially if you have a latex allergy.

Photo by Claire Groom.

You have to protect your skin and eyes
You have to protect your skin and eyes

Be especially careful not to let the soap catch your eye if you are allergic to latex. You may even want to wear eye protection as an extra safety measure.

Okay, now that the security talks are over, let’s get down to business.

  1. Select your containers

Next, you’ll want to prepare your containers so they’re ready to get your cuts.

These containers will be temporary, only used for the first four weeks of cut life, so they don’t need to be too large.

An alternative is to get your child’s PointStitus Seed Starter Flat from the SLIGT available through Amazon.

Culture tray with moisture dome

Select your containers

These bring in moist domes, which are effective for keeping your cuttings very nice and moist after keeping them in a good place.

Alternatively, you can start these in small nursery pots or even small plastic cups. If you are reusing nursery pots, be sure to disinfect them first.

  1. You to Add Growing Medium

Commercial poinsettia growers start cutting their poinsettia in flower insects or peat sash.

Since cut raisins can grow in glass, it tells you that they don’t need to be in moist soil – in fact, they don’t need to cut their land at all. Instead of using floral foam or Prococo compressed chips-n-fibre

Probico sells a great coconut product called Arabico Organics Chips-N-Fiber which is ideal for your new plants, free from bacteria and fungi. It also has compression, so it takes up less storage space.

Alternatively, you can use a mixture of vermiculite and perlite.

If you are using a flat seed starter like the one mentioned above, you can use your growing medium directly in the apartment.

Your potting soil should be at least two to three inches deep in any container of your choice, depending on the length of your cut.

You to Add Growing Medium

A mixture of vermiculite and perlite. Photo by Claire Groom.

Do not wet the potting soil. Your baby’s Christmas flowers will get the water they need from their leaves until their roots are established – not through the soil. I will cover more details below.

You to Add Growing Medium
You to Add Growing Medium

Spread the holes in the potting mix where you plan to keep your cut. You can do this with your finger, a pencil or chopstick.

  1. Taking Cuttings

Now that your container is ready for your desired medium, it’s time to cut from your plant.

Using your disinfectant pruning scissors or scissors, cut three to four inches of the stem from one of the branches.

Photo by Claire Groom.

Taking Cuttings
Taking Cuttings

You can also just hold the cut pinch with your fingers if you like, but as mentioned, be careful with the sap.

Then pinch or cut the lower leaves of the cutting. This will help to grow from the bottom of the stem as well as form roots from the leaf nodes.

Leave at least two or three leaves on top of the cutting so that it can absorb the necessary moisture through the fallen tree.


  1. Application of root hormone

This part is optional. If you want to go the extra mile to develop new roots to cut new cuts, you can use a rooting hormone.

Dip the bottom of the cut into the powder or gel and make sure the product covers the nodes at the bottom of the stem and at the bottom of the leaf.

One suggestion of this process: Instead of pouring the stem directly into a jelly or powder jar, you can pour a small amount on a piece of scrap paper and immerse the stem in that small amount of root hormone. .

This can help keep your original product more durable.

Application of root hormone
Application of root hormone

After applying the rooting hormone, insert the cut into the hole that the growing medium has made, making sure that the empty leaf nodes will penetrate perfectly into the medium.

The pre-drilled holes will help you wash the rolling hormone from the roots of the stems while sorting the soil or coir.

If you need advice on the rooting hormone, I recommend Olivia Cloning Gel. I like it because it’s gel instead of powder so you don’t have to worry about inhaling.

Olivia Cloning Gel

Olivia Cloning Gel is available in two, four or eight-ounce bottles of Arabico Organics.

  1. Place in a bright, humid location

Now that you’ve taken all your cuts and put them in your growing medium, it’s time to spray them.

Spray the leaves of your new plants with a spray bottle or spray bottle.

Place in a bright, humid location


A plastic spray bottle will do, as long as it does not contain any chemical or cleaning products.

But if you just want some more decorations to dedicate to the care of plants, you may prefer to take care of your baby’s pointers using a glass spray like NIUTA available on Amazon.

16-ounce Clear Glass Spray Bottle
16-ounce Clear Glass Spray Bottle

A note on the water – the quality of your water can affect whether your young plants die or not. Many plants are susceptible to pollutants that persist in municipal waters and can also be infected by good water bacteria and minerals.

I always use filtered water to maintain the plants in my house.

Poinsettia cuttings will cut roots most effectively in very high humidity conditions of 90 to 100 per cent.

To give your kids the high humidity they need, if you have one, keep them in your greenhouse or cover them with a damp dome.

If you start your cuts in small nursery pots or plastic cups, you can create your own mini moisture dome with clean plastic bags. Place your baby trees in a place where i

If you are gardening in a greenhouse, it may be easier for you to keep these plants in a high humidity environment while maintaining good ventilation.

Inside a home, providing both high humidity and adequate ventilation can be somewhat complicated.


I recommend to everyone that more should be cut than necessary unless they all do.

If you are growing more than one, it is a good idea to replace your seedlings with one another to promote air circulation and prevent the spread of disease, if anyone of them is infected with bacteria. Or fungi

And if you have a fan that you can use in a very low setting, it will also help with air circulation.

If all goes well, your baby’s poinsettias will be enriched and new leaves will begin to be produced. It takes about ten to fourteen days to cut the roots of the poinsettia cuttings.

  1. Pot your rooted cuttings

After about four weeks, your seedlings should have growing roots and be ready for transplanting into pots. When planting, be sure to use perforated terracotta soil and pots for drainage – Christmas flowers don’t like to keep feet wet.

For a full-looking tree, you can place three cuts in a seven- to the eight-inch pot, or you can place one in the middle of a four-inch pot.

Pot your rooted cuttings

After transplanting, you can usually start watering your plants.

Water deep enough so that it passes through the drainage holes at the bottom of the container. The soil surface should be dry for intermediate contact with water. And if your climate temperature is kept above 10 degrees centigrade, you can keep your pointers outside in the partial shade.

Pot your rooted cuttings

When they are left on their own, the pointers grow into tall trees with long legs.

If you want to see more shrubs on your own tree, when the roots are about six weeks old, pinch the end of the shoot to widen the branches. Let me tell you the details:

When you cut, it was the length of the straight stem with a few lengths.

Watch your roots cut. It should have a growing spike and a few more large leaves at the bottom.

Just pinch the growing tip that is straightening from the stalk – a half-inch top of growth.

Pot your rooted cuttings

Sprinkling behind the growing tip will encourage the tree to send new shoots to subsequent nodes. So you delete one shoot, but in return, you get two. The more shoots it grows, the more flowers and color your tree will have.

You’ll want to do this in early September to get in the way of the holiday colors.

When it comes to color, to encourage your plant to point to the specific color that Pointsetius is known for, you need to express it long into the night. Pointistas are photoperiod trees – they only flower after a long, dark night.

Creating these conditions can be quite a high maintenance process but it is definitely worth it when you can proudly look back at the gorgeous color of your cultivated Christmas flowers.

You can read more about how these trees can bloom year after year in our article on saving your poinsettia after the holidays.

Develop your own holiday joy

At home, it has seven steps to increase your own pointsatius

If you follow these steps and are fortunate enough, this holiday season you will be honored with a home filled with local pointees.

Develop your own holiday joy

Gardener, what do you think, are you ready to give it a try? Have you tried to promote Pointsetius yourself? Let us know about your experience in the comments and feel free to share a photo!

And if you want to know more about pointers, check out our other articles on these flowering plants in winter:

Grow Poinsettia

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