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Growing Poinsettias: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners

by Donna
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Poinsettias: The Ultimate Guide to Growing and Enjoying Them

Introduction

Poinsettias are a popular Christmas plant, but they can also be enjoyed year-round with a little care. Here’s everything you need to know about growing and caring for poinsettias.

Growing Poinsettias

Poinsettias are short day plants, meaning they need around 14 hours of darkness each day to flower. In the fall, start giving your poinsettia 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness each night. You can do this by placing it in a dark room or covering it with a box.

Poinsettias also need plenty of bright, indirect light and warm temperatures. Water them when the soil is almost dry to the touch.

Keeping Poinsettias for Next Year

If you want to keep your poinsettia for next year, follow these steps:

  1. Prune the stems back to 10cm in April.
  2. Repot the plant into a larger pot with fresh soil in May.
  3. Feed the plant with a houseplant food every two weeks in summer.
  4. Place the plant in a dark room for 12 hours each day from November to stimulate flowering.

Peat-Free Poinsettias

Peat is a non-renewable resource that can damage the environment. If you’re looking for a more sustainable option, choose a peat-free poinsettia. Many garden centers now offer peat-free poinsettias.

Princettias

Princettias are a type of poinsettia that comes in a variety of colors, including white, pink, and blush pink. They are a bit more expensive than traditional red poinsettias, but they can add a unique touch to your holiday d├ęcor.

Christmas Cactus

If you’re not a fan of poinsettias, the Christmas cactus is a great alternative. It’s a low-maintenance plant that blooms with beautiful pink or white flowers around Christmas time.

Conclusion

Poinsettias are a beautiful and festive addition to any home during the holidays. With a little care, you can enjoy them for years to come.

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