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Nil25-Sep-05 03:30 PM EST 3a   
Patricia26-Sep-05 04:38 PM EST 5   
Sue08-Oct-05 01:39 PM EST 3b   


Subject: Poinsetta care
From: Nil
Zone: 3a
Date: 25-Sep-05 03:30 PM EST

We got a Poinsetta plant as a gift from a friend. It is huge about 4 feet by 2 feet and 3 feet tall. it looks very healthy. How do we care for it? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks Nil


Subject: RE: Poinsetta
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 26-Sep-05 04:38 PM EST

I am pretty sure that you won't like what I am going to say but - here goes anyhow. If your goal is to get this poinsettia to bloom again, presumably around Christmas, I can honestly say that it is not worth the trouble. Poinsettias are brought to bloom through a complicated process of precise amounts of daylight and darkness, best done by professionals in a cool greenhouse - the temperature is another variable. To replicate all this process at home is very time consuming and may or may not work. Every year before Christmas, gorgeous poinsettias in several colours are available for less than $10.00 - I say buy a fresh one for the holidays and when it's over - it's over! Compost the darn thing.


Subject: RE: Poinsetta
From: Sue
Zone: 3b
Date: 08-Oct-05 01:39 PM EST

Hi Nil - If you simply want to keep the poinsetta as a small indoor tree, just treat it as you would any other indoor plant. My mother kept a poinsetta for several years, and actually did take the time one year to get it to set flowers again. She researched the requirements and has a very dark and cool room in her basement where she had to keep the plant for a certain number of hours each day. She's retired so she has that kind of time! I know someone who keeps a very large poinsetta in an office environment and it did set flowers on its own once. Even if it never flowers again, it can still be a nice plant.


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