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Re-blooming your Poinsettia

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Poinsettia, a beautiful accent for the holidays, definitely adds to the appeal and spirit of Christmas. However, after time takes its toll, your poinsettia can loose its appeal, but with proper care, dedication, and luck, you can re-bloom your poinsettia bring back the appeal and extending its beauty in to later months of the New Year.

By cutting your poinsettia back to approximately 8 inches in height in late march or early April, and then maintain a regular watering schedule, and giving your poinsettia a healthy all purpose fertilizer, by the end of May you should begin to see healthy new growth.

In the Spring, place your poinsettia outside where it can get the healthy nutrients from natural sun while continuing with your regular watering schedule. Fertilize your poinsettia every 2 to 3 weeks during this time. You may need to do a little pruning in Late June, early July to keep your poinsettia bushy but do not prune later than the first of September.

You can transplant your poinsettia the first part of June. Do not choose a container more than 4 inches larger then its current pot. Poinsettia bloom during November and December but can be difficult to get to bloom for the holidays if not cultivated in a very controlled environment. Beginning in October it is imperative that you place your poinsettia in total darkness for 14 hours out of the day and then ensure they get 6 to 8 hours of bright sunlight a day. Night temperatures must range between 60 and 70 degrees. Any alteration of this will result in delayed or halted blooming. That is why for many it is just much easier to let the professionals grow and bloom your holiday poinsettias. They can be very temperamental, and when you are counting on their beauty to accent your home, for many, it is easier just to order poinsettias delivered.

Poinsettia…..Make Your Plant Bloom Again…Part 3

  It is quite possible to get your poinsettia to bloom again next season. Difficult but possible.White Poinsettia

  Poinsettia continue to bloom through January and February if cared for properly. If your plant looks nice, then you are doing a wonderful job of caring for it. Proper watering is the most important element with a nice bright location away from cold drafts and hot temperatures.

   By March or early April, your poinsettia may start to look a little ragged and probably has lost quite a few leaves. It is time to cut the plant back to a height of about 4 to 6 inches. Continue to water in the same manner as before and start to fertilize using a 20-20-20 balanced fetilizer every 3 to 4 weeks. Continue reading