Poinsettias

What do you do with poinsettias after Christmas?

What do you do with poinsettias after Christmas?
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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 stems back to within 4 to 6 inches of the soil in March. The poinsettia may also be repotted at this time.

  1. Can you keep a poinsettia year round?
  2. How do you get a poinsettia to bloom again?
  3. Can you plant Christmas poinsettias outside?
  4. Can you plant poinsettias outside in winter?
  5. What is the lifespan of a poinsettia?
  6. When should I put my poinsettia in the dark?
  7. Do poinsettias like sun or shade?
  8. How do you care for a poinsettia plant indoors?
  9. Why are my leaves falling off my poinsettia plant?
  10. At what temperature will poinsettias suffer damage?
  11. Can you plant poinsettias in the yard?
  12. Can poinsettias kill dogs?

Can you keep a poinsettia year round?

Poinsettias can be kept year after year, and they will bloom each year if you give them proper care. When the leaves begin to yellow or when the plant is no longer desired as an ornamental, gradually withhold water. ... Keep the plant somewhat on the dry side; water only enough to keep the stems from withering.

How do you get a poinsettia to bloom again?

To coax a poinsettia plant to bloom again, it's necessary to repeat the poinsettia life cycle. After the holidays and once blooming has ceased, limit the amount of watering so the plant can go dormant until spring. Then, usually around March or April, regular watering can be resumed and fertilizing can begin.

Can you plant Christmas poinsettias outside?

The time to plant poinsettias outside is late March, after the danger of frost has passed. ... Just prior to planting, cut the poinsettia back about half way (even if the colorful bracts are still on the plant). Plant them in a sunny, well-drained location protected from north winds and frost.

Can you plant poinsettias outside in winter?

Answer: Both the Christmas cactus and the poinsettia are not hardy outdoors and will freeze if planted outside. They should remain in their pots and not be planted outdoors in the garden if you live where it freezes in the winter. ... Poinsettias can become rather large and need a large pot.

What is the lifespan of a poinsettia?

"Home gardeners generally keep their poinsettias one or two years. If they're really dedicated, maybe a little longer. But the life span for interior plants when you live in the North is measured in months, not years."

When should I put my poinsettia in the dark?

To re-flower your poinsettia, you must keep the plant in complete darkness between 5pm and 8am daily from the end of September until color shows in the bracts (early to mid-December). The temperature should remain between 60 and 70 degrees F.

Do poinsettias like sun or shade?

Poinsettias need a minimum of six hours of indirect sunlight each day. Protect the plants from freezing temperatures, especially when transporting them. Place them in a light-filled room away from drafts. They do best in rooms between 55 and 65 F at night and 65 to 70 F during the day.

How do you care for a poinsettia plant indoors?

How to Care for Poinsettias

  1. Light: Place your poinsettias in an area where they'll receive a minimum of six hours of bright (but not direct) sunlight each day.
  2. Temperature: These plants prefer temperatures from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and from 60 to 65 degrees at night.

Why are my leaves falling off my poinsettia plant?

A. Poinsettias will classically drop their leaves if they are exposed to sudden changes in temperature, drafts or overly cool or dry rooms. They also will lose leaves and wilt in response to an extreme need for water. When choosing a plant, pick a healthy, full one with no discoloration on the foliage.

At what temperature will poinsettias suffer damage?

Indoor temperatures of 65-70 degrees F is ideal. Avoid placing poinsettias where temperature fluctuates or may be drying, such as near cold drafts, heat ducts, fireplaces, fans, space heaters, etc. Poinsettias will suffer damage if they are exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees F.

Can you plant poinsettias in the yard?

Poinsettias aren't popular only at Christmas time. With the right care, these traditional holiday plants can shed their shiny foil and bows to become long-lasting houseplants. You can also grow them outdoors in your garden if you live in a frost-free area.

Can poinsettias kill dogs?

A very popular decorative plant at Christmas because of their pretty, brightly colored leaves, poinsettias can give cats and dogs digestive problems and irritate their skin. Sap in poinsettia leaves is mildly toxic to pets (and children) and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling and nausea.

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