I have just gotten a beautiful Poinsetta. I want it to survive the
Christmas season. Has anyone managed to keep one going and how did you do
this? I believe they are more of a succulent? I think someone said they
were a type of Euphorbia?
I guess from your description you are talking about one of the Euphorbia
pulcherrima hybrids with their coloured bracts usually red or white against
very dark green leaves. Are you? If so all the plant needs is roomtemps.
The coloured bracts are often brought out to order by placing a black
plastic bin bag over the plant about 6 weeks before the beautiful bracts are
wanted. Feed and water regularly during growth and colour. After flowering
allow to dry off and rest. Resume water and feed when new growth restarts.
WinsfordWalledGarden, SW England,
There are bezillions of references on the web on how to keep the
plants and force them to "rebloom" (has a lot to do with light).
However, it's rather a pain. Since lovely nursery-grown plants are
available relatively cheaply each holiday season, many believe
enjoying premium plants for a short time and then tossing them is the
better route. They are a native of southern Mexico -- that is, a
just to let you know, Lowes got a good deal this year with ColorPoint
their distributing nursery and Poinsettia's are 3 @ $4.96 for six inch
pots..........(red only) but they also have pink and cream varigated
ones, purple leafed ones, creamy whitish green and a few that were
purple with white edges (those went fast). Just thought I'd let you
know. And they are a booger to get to rebloom........just remember
those "flower's" are really bracts and the actual flowers are the
clusters up in the top surrounded by those colorful leaves on top.
(think of dogwoods and those petals not being the flowers either but
the center of the dogwoods "petals" are the actual flowers too. And
Cereoid is right, they're a euphorbia, and according to ColorPoint's
educational moment with their vendor's, not poisonious to children and
small animals, it would take 500 leaves to make a child sick. I
wonder about that..............................I got violently ill
when I wiped my hand over my upper lip when I had pulled common spurge
and hallucinated and was nauseous for hours afterwards when I absently
licked my lips. Oh well. Good luck with your endeavor and let us know
if you're successful!
Keep in a bright location out of the sun and let the soil dry out a bit
between waterings. Getting them to re-color next year is a pain in the you
know what unless you can set up a room with lights on a timer. I like big
ones as foliage plants.
I've had mine for 4 yrs.It's the size of a small bush. It goes outside in the
summer and I bring it in the first week of Oct. That is when I put it in a
closet for the 14hrs. of darkness per day that it needs to bloom again. It's
starting to bloom already. This has worked every year. Mine is white.
Sue in Mi. (zone 5)
Neat :) I know just where I can put it. All my closets have louvers on the
top half of the door but I have an unused bedroom/junk room that doesn't
get much light al all. Should be no trouble to set it in there. How often
do you water it when it's living in the closet?
It's not actually living in the closet. It goes in the closet at 6pm and I
bring it back out at 8am. It dries out fairly fast so I usually give it a
little water about twice a week.
Sue in Mi. (zone 5)
I've had mine for 4 yrs. I put it outside in the summer and bring it back in,
in the fall. But I've never had to put it into the closet or anything to get
it to turn red again. Maybe it's a better variety.
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