STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Decorating your home for the holidays? Don’t forget about Poinesettias!

Poinsettia or poinsetta – however you pronounce it, they’re the most prominent house plant and the least understood. Nick Federoff, Garden Expert, visited the KCAL 9 studios Thursday to talk about caring for the Christmas plant.

Cultivation of poinsettias (which are plants and not flowers!) began in the early 1900s in southern California. Currently, 50% of the plants are sold from SoCal.

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Comments (8)
  1. Loma says:

    followed link for Poinsettia care tips…great info re: think green but unable to find Poinsettia care tips. Am I looking in the wrong place?

  2. Smiley says:

    I too, am unable to find Poinsettia care tips after following the instructions on the page.

  3. Nick Federoff says:

    Hi, thanks for watching me on KCAL 9 News at Noon.

    My web guy hasn’t posted the extra tips on my site just yet. In the meantime, if you’d like to get a PDF from me. Send an email to: and I’ll send it to you.

    Please put Poinsettina Tips in the subject area.

    If you’d like to speak with me, call me at 1-800-405-NICK(6425) and we’ll call you back next week to talk on whatever is on your gardening mind. All that speak with me will get a FREE packet of vegetable or flower seeds (I’ll even pay the postage).

    Remember, green side up!

    Nick : )>>>

  4. bugman says:

    I have a interesting angle that works,supplier is using well water which is clean or filtered,take the plant home to city water,gone shortly.I buy from machines that is purified water,leaves are shinny poinsetias last in a pot.I have seen it for two years,indoor plants love it..Took time to see that one,less money loss!!!

    1. Nick Federoff says:

      Good idea. Unless the nursery is using well water, it’s using the same H2O we are drinking. The differencce is they are using fertigation. This is when they water and fertilize at the same time, each time they water.

      If someone is going to do this, you must not over fertilize or the leaves, bracts and flowers will fall off.

  5. T.Brown says:

    Nick, Thanks for sending me the pdf file on the plant care. We have 2 from last Thanksgiving that grew alot but did not color themselves much this year and were wondering why. After reading your guide we know what to do with them this Jan. to make them better next year.
    You should change your website to include more plant care tips like these. Thanks for going on the show so we would know about you and your good tips.

  6. Caligirl says:

    A friend fwd your info/link to me because he knows I like to plant my poinsettias every year and keep them for many years – I have 3 different colored ones in my backyard. Your tips are right on and I really have not cared too much for mine-just plain hose water and little sun over the years and they thrived on their own.
    Do you have any other plants you specialize in? I also love succulents but did not see you have those on your page.

    1. Nick Federoff says:

      Hi Caligirl,

      My degree is in Ornamental Horticulture. Add that I’ve been at the world of gardening since 14 and now I’m…seasoned, I’ve had the opportunity to run across a lot in my walk.

      Santa has promised me a revamped web site that will have lot’s more information and ideas for the beginning and seasoned gardener. More articles, more videos and a blog. Hope you visit!

      The address is
      Don’t forget to ‘Like’ me at
      And follow me on

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