Sorry, but poinsettias are a tropical plant and will be toast in minutes in
our winters. They don't even like being transported in the cold from store
to car to home. And be sure to keep them away from cold drafts in the home
They can make an attractive houseplant, though. Do a google search to get
the details of how to care for your point after the holidays.
pam - gardengal
Poinsettias could be grown outdoors in protected spots in North Florida
(Tallahassee) such as against a south facing house wall under eaves.
Tallahassee has many more nights of frost than Seattle, I'm pretty sure -
but the days are uniformly MUCH warmer - averaging in the mid-60's even in
January. I suspect that the plant is adapted to brief frosts as long as the
ground warms up quickly during the day. I think it is native to Mexico, but
not to the truly tropical parts - more to the subtropics that have cooler
nights in winter.
I've seen poinsettias planted as far north as southern north carolina
and live for years, but they just become a big green plant. They don't
get the red leaves back you see at Christmas. They do something to
them in hot houses to produce the red leaves.
The Thrift Meister.....www.thriftmeister.com where you can find
gardening tips in the gardening section.
We are actually in Portland. It doesn't get as cold here, and I have
some protected spots in the yard where I could try them. It rains a
lot here, though, so they may not do well. The exterior of our home
is stucco which retains heat, so that may add some protection as well.
I might try it and see what happens - beats just throwing them away!
Thanks for the info, everyone. :)
Sorry, but Portland does indeed get colder than Seattle, also hotter in
summer. Go ahead and try them if you like, but greenhouse grown points will
not survive a zone 8 winter. They will not tolerate temps less than 40F
without total defoliation and extended periods in the low 40's or down to
the 20's (as can happen in the PNW), combined with winter rains exceeds root
hardiness as well.. If you have any doubts about this, ask a reputable
nursery in your area that features points at this time of year - they don't
even recommend you leave them in your car when you are Christmas shopping!
pam - gardengal
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