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What should I do with my poinsettia after the holidays?

If given good care in the home, poinsettias should remain attractive for 2 to 3 months.  Toss the poinsettia when you grow tired of it or it becomes unattractive.  For those home gardeners who enjoy a challenge, it is possible to get the poinsettia to bloom again next season.  Cut the ....

I saved last year’s poinsettia. How do I get it to flower for Christmas?

Poinsettias are short-day plants.  Short-day plants grow vegetatively during the long days of summer and produce flowers when days become shorter in fall.  In order for poinsettias to flower for Christmas, they must receive complete darkness from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day from early October until the bracts ....

How do I care for a poinsettia?

Place the poinsettia in a plant sleeve or carefully wrap it before transporting the plant home.  Exposing the poinsettia to freezing temperatures, even for a few minutes, may cause its bracts and leaves to blacken and drop.  As soon as you get home, unwrap the poinsettia and place it near ....

My poinsettia has lost several leaves. What is the problem?

Improper watering may be responsible for the leaf drop on the poinsettia.  Over-watering will cause the lower leaves to turn yellow and drop.  Plants that are allowed to get too dry will wilt and also drop leaves.  The water needs of a poinsettia can be determined with your finger.  Check the ....

Is the poinsettia poisonous?

The poinsettia has long been regarded as poisonous.  However, research conducted at various institutions has shown the poinsettia is not poisonous.  While the poinsettia is not poisonous, it is not intended for human or animal consumption.  Individuals are still advised to keep the poinsettia out of the reach of small ....

How often should I water my poinsettia?

The key to watering a poinsettia is the moisture content of the potting soil.  Check the potting soil daily with your finger.  When the soil surface becomes dry to the touch, water the plant until water begins to flow out the bottom of the pot.  Discard the excess water.  The ....

What should I look for when buying a poinsettia?

Poinsettias are available in a wide range of colors.  Red is the most popular color.  However, poinsettias are also available in burgundy, pink, salmon, white, cream, and gold.  There are also bicolored, marbled, and speckled poinsettias.  The colorful part of the poinsettia, commonly referred to as the plant’s flowers, are ....