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   The poinsettia is considered the Christmas    Holiday plant and is generally purchased in full    bloom at this time o...
   What is the best care for the poinsettia plant so it    will survive the Holiday Season?   How long can I expect the ...
   Initial Care of your newly purchased Plant....   When purchasing poinsettia    plants make sure the plant is    wrapp...
 Place your poinsettia plant near a sunny window. Maintain a temperature above 65 degrees F. Mist the plant daily with ...
 To avoid spots on the leaves from misting use  distilled water. Water the plant when the surface is dry to the  touch....
   Poinsettia Care after the Holidays....   January to March – Keep watering when the    surface is dry and misting the ...
   April – Gradually decrease watering allowing the    poinsettia plant to get dry between watering. But    be careful th...
   May – Cut the plant back to about 4-5 inches    above the soil level, repot into the next size    container and sprink...
   Now it’s time to place your poinsettia plant in a    sunny window where the temperature is above 65    degrees F.   M...
   June – Move your plant outside into a partial    sunny location and continue to water and fertilize    it.
   July – At the beginning of the month cut back    each stem about an inch.   This will encourage your poinsettia to br...
   August – By now    your plant should    have branched well    and it’s time to cut it    back one more time    so each...
   September – Continue to fertilize, misting, and    water and make sure the temperature stays    above 65 degrees F.
   October – As your poinsettia needs short days in    order to set buds, you have to provide it with twelve    hours of ...
   November – At the end of    the month discontinue the    darkness treatment and    leave the plant in its sunny    win...
   December – Discontinue fertilizing about the    middle of the month.   Continue watering and    misting and treat you...
   Like many tropical plants poinsettias can be    grown successfully indoors when properly tested    and proven guidelin...
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The poinsettia is considered the Christmas Holiday plant and is generally purchased in full bloom at this time of the year.

What is the best care for poinsettia plants so they survive the Holiday Season?
How long can you expect the plants to last?
Can poinsettia plants ever be planted in the garden or are they just seasonal plants for the Holidays?

Like many tropical plants poinsettias can be grown successfully indoors when properly tested and proven guidelines are followed.

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How To Care For Poinsettia Plants Throughout The Entire Year

  1. 1. Brought To You By www.BobWalshPlumeriaCare101.comwww.HowToGrowPlumeriaFrangipani.com
  2. 2.  The poinsettia is considered the Christmas Holiday plant and is generally purchased in full bloom at this time of the year.
  3. 3.  What is the best care for the poinsettia plant so it will survive the Holiday Season? How long can I expect the plant to last? Can it ever be planted in the garden or is it just a seasonal plant for the Holidays?
  4. 4.  Initial Care of your newly purchased Plant.... When purchasing poinsettia plants make sure the plant is wrapped properly to protect it from cold temperatures during the trip home.
  5. 5.  Place your poinsettia plant near a sunny window. Maintain a temperature above 65 degrees F. Mist the plant daily with lukewarm water.
  6. 6.  To avoid spots on the leaves from misting use distilled water. Water the plant when the surface is dry to the touch. Water thoroughly until the water completely drains into the saucer. Make sure to empty the saucer of drained water. Keep the plant away from all drafty areas, hot or cold air.
  7. 7.  Poinsettia Care after the Holidays.... January to March – Keep watering when the surface is dry and misting the plant several times a day if humidity in your home is low. Poinsettias love the humidity the misting creates.
  8. 8.  April – Gradually decrease watering allowing the poinsettia plant to get dry between watering. But be careful that the plant does not shrivel. Discontinue misting during this period. After your poinsettia is used to this dryness, move it to a cool basement or any place where the temperature is about 60 degrees F for a period of about four weeks.
  9. 9.  May – Cut the plant back to about 4-5 inches above the soil level, repot into the next size container and sprinkle one tablespoon of bone meal over the roots. At this time you may also add some slow release fertilizer, like 14-14-14, or 19-6-12 for faster growth. Water the newly transplanted plant with Superthrive or any transplant solution which contains Vitamin B1.
  10. 10.  Now it’s time to place your poinsettia plant in a sunny window where the temperature is above 65 degrees F. Mist the plant daily and water when the surface is dry. If you haven’t added a slow release fertilizer while transplanting, start fertilizing with an all purpose fertilizer every two weeks as soon as new growth appears.
  11. 11.  June – Move your plant outside into a partial sunny location and continue to water and fertilize it.
  12. 12.  July – At the beginning of the month cut back each stem about an inch. This will encourage your poinsettia to branch resulting in a bushy plant. If you don’t pinch it back, your poinsettia grows tall without side branches.
  13. 13.  August – By now your plant should have branched well and it’s time to cut it back one more time so each shoot has has about four leaves left. At this time continue with your fertilizing, misting and watering schedule.
  14. 14.  September – Continue to fertilize, misting, and water and make sure the temperature stays above 65 degrees F.
  15. 15.  October – As your poinsettia needs short days in order to set buds, you have to provide it with twelve hours of total darkness starting the first day of October. Give the plant darkness from about 5 pm to 8 am every day during this period. Without these additional hours of darkness poinsettias won’t set buds and the leaves remain green. Place a box or black plastic bag over the poinsettia plant making sure no light reaches the plant. During daytime move the plant to a sunny window and continue to fertilize, misting and watering.
  16. 16.  November – At the end of the month discontinue the darkness treatment and leave the plant in its sunny window. At this time you should be able to see flower buds.
  17. 17.  December – Discontinue fertilizing about the middle of the month. Continue watering and misting and treat your poinsettia plant just like you did after you bought it. At this time your poinsettia should be blooming again.
  18. 18.  Like many tropical plants poinsettias can be grown successfully indoors when properly tested and proven guidelines are followed. One can enjoy poinsettia plants for months until it is time to bring out the Easter Lily. Copyright @ Bob Walsh www.BobWalshPlumeriaCare101.com www.HowToGrowPlumeriaFrangipani.com

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