Poinsettias

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Dottie May

Poinsettias

In the past I haven't had much luck with these - leaves start dropping off over Christmas. This year I was given one about a week before Christmas and it is still looking very healthy. Although I connect this plant with Christmas and I think it looks a bit out of place now I'm loathe to throwing it out. What do you think? Dottie Mayx

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Welshcookie

Poinsettias

Chuck it when it is past its best. The growers do thousands at a time where they can manipulate the daylight hours and temperature. Unless you are very, very dedicated you will find it difficult to replicate.

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Honey

Poinsettias

As Welshcookie has said... it's just not worth the aggravation. To get them to flower again it requires paper bags over the bracts and regulating the amount of daylight they get in order to get them to flower again. They are now so reasonably priced I now, rather reluctantly, throw mine away. I threw mine out last week. You could prune it and regrow it... but to be honest, it's just not worth it. You wouldn't think twice about it if it were a bunch of flowers and so I just tell myself that Christmas is over and I'm throwing away a bunch of flowers.

Honey :-x

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Yummy

Poinsettias

I have a restriction order on me even contemplating buying these now. Every year I am tempted by their beautiful red flowers before Christmas, but they don't even last until Christmas Day in this house.
French houses do not have window ledges and so it is either the cold garden room (too cold) or on a table/dresser in the house (too warm)......:0((

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Dottie May

Poinsettias

Many thanks for your comments. I didn't really want to try and get it to replicate. I just felt that as it is a Christmassy plant it looks rather out of place now. Although it is in very good condition......it's off with its head and to the compost bin!

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Honey

Poinsettias

"I have a restriction order on me even contemplating buying these now. Every year I am tempted by their beautiful red flowers before Christmas, but they don't even last until Christmas Day in this house.
French houses do not have window ledges and so it is either the cold garden room (too cold) or on a table/dresser in the house (too warm)......:0(("


I suppose I shouldn't encourage you Yummy, but sometimes the reason they don't last is because they are already 'over' before you buy it. The way to chose a good one is to look at the flowers (not to be confused with the red bracts). They are the little bobbly bits in the middle of the red bracts. These should be tightly closed, if they have opened, then the plant is on it's way out.

Honey :-x

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Yummy

Thanks Honey

for the info.......they have always looked really healthy until they see where we live and as soon as they come out of the car it's downhill all the way. ! Poor little things they don't stand a cat in hells chance :0(

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Honey

Poinsettias

"for the info.......they have always looked really healthy until they see where we live and as soon as they come out of the car it's downhill all the way. ! Poor little things they don't stand a cat in hells chance :0("


The other thing to remember.... they don't like drafts and so don't dilly dally on the way home. Keep it as warm as you can. You could wrap a bit of garden fleece around the plant while it's in the car. They also need a fair amount of water (water from below).

Honey :-x

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Dottie May

Poinsettias

Thanks for your tips Honey. I had heard that they don't like draughts so when I buy one I always keep it tightly wrapped up until I get home.

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Fifi La BonBon

Poinsettias

Mine is still going strong, vibrantly red and sticking out like a sore thumb alongside vases of spring daffs and tulips! I haven't the heart to chuck it away, but it won't last much longer. I love them and all they represent.

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SonyaK

Poinsettias in Oz

Keep it as warm as you can. You could wrap a bit of garden fleece around the plant while it's in the car. They also need a fair amount of water (water from below).
Honey :-x"

Poinsettias are grown as a Christmas flower in South Australia too - in the middle of our summer!!
So they certainly stay warm, but don't last much after Christmas time. Don't know how they get them to grow here to be ready at the right time - lots of climate manipulation, I guess!
Sonya

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Honey

Poinsettias

" Keep it as warm as you can. You could wrap a bit of garden fleece around the plant while it's in the car. They also need a fair amount of water (water from below).
Honey :-x"

Poinsettias are grown as a Christmas flower in South Australia too - in the middle of our summer!!
So they certainly stay warm, but don't last much after Christmas time. Don't know how they get them to grow here to be ready at the right time - lots of climate manipulation, I guess!
Sonya"


Sonya... Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)is a native plant to Mexico, but will grow in the wild in Australia. Christmas is the natural time for a poinsettia to flower. They grow up to 15 feet outside in a subtropical climate. My friend has one in her garden in NSW, that I've seen in flower at Christmas. But in this country we have to play about with the length of daylight it receives in order to get the red bracts to form in winter.

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SonyaK

Poinsettias

Thanks for that info. Honey. I've never seen them growing wild here, only in shops! Our climate might be too dry for them, not moist like a tropical or subtropical climate. So far this year we've only had 15ml of rain!
Sonya

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Gerry

killing poinsettias

I don't like killing plants so I plant them outside and let nature do it.

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Honey

Poinsettias

"I don't like killing plants so I plant them outside and let nature do it."


Ha ha.... :D Well at this time of the year at least it would be a swift death Gerry!

Honey :-x

 
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