First things first. How the heck do you pronounce the word poinsettia? Do you pronounce the “i” at the end? And is this a three- or four-syllable word? Supposedly–at least according to the so-called experts who write the dictionary–poinsettia falls into the category of words that have more than one correct pronunciation.

You may not be able to see your lawn right now, but given the date, you likely have a poinsettia somewhere in your home–welcoming visitors at your front door, perched cheerfully on an end table, or decorating the mantle in your living room. If not, what are you waiting for? People enjoy these bright red plants that seem to grow only in pots and show up every year right after Thanksgiving.

If you’re the proud owner of one of these holiday beauties (or two or a dozen), are you up on the basics of poinsettia care? Here are a few poinsettia care instructions, courtesy of the folks at American Plant.

Poinsettia Care Instructions

1. Make sure your poinsettia gets plenty of bright light. Word is they like that a lot.

2. Keep your poinsettia in a room with a temperature between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfinished basements and attics are probably not good spots for showing off your plant anyway.

3. Give your plant a thorough watering when the surface soil starts to feel dry, but get rid of any excess water in the saucer–unless you’re a fan of the special musty smell you’ll end up with.

4. Don’t worry about your poinsettia being poisonous, but don’t feed it to your kids and pets, either. The leaves and bracts may cause stomach upset or skin irritation if any milky sap is released.

For those of you who feel particularly ambitious after the holidays, you can enjoy your poinsettia year round as an indoor plant (and even outdoors in certain climates). If you want to make your poinsettia bloom again next Christmas, I say go for it! Personally, my enthusiasm for taking care of a poinsettia wanes dramatically when the new year hits, but that’s probably just me.