-Place the plant in good light inside the house.
-Keep the temperature between 65 to 70 degrees F.
-Water your poinsettia frequently but don’t drown it.
-Keep the plant out of drafts, hot or cold.
-After blooming, discard or begin preparing the plant to bloom again next year.
How do I get my poinsettia to bloom again?
To avoid unhealthy levels of frustration, you may want to throw it away and purchase a new one next year. Poinsettias are perhaps the most difficult flowering potted plants to rebloom indoors. Brave, persistent souls may read on. In some warmer areas, poinsettias can be placed outside in the spring after the danger of frost. If placed in a protected area where early fall frost won’t harm it, they can make beautiful plants for the next holiday season.
For best results, do not plant the poinsettia in the ground. Make sure that the outdoor poinsettia receives only natural sunlight. Any additional light from yard and street lights will inhibit blooming. Keep pinching out the tips of the new growth once a month so the plant will fill out. Do no pinch after August 15th. From the first of October until the colored bracts can be seen it should not receive any light at night. Keep the plant in complete darkness from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.. A closet may be ideal to put it in at night. Even a quick, short exposure to dim light can prevent flowering. The plant should flower right on time if these procedures are followed.
Are poinsettias toxic to children or pets?
Contrary to a common myth, poinsettias are not poisonous. Pets have ingested entire plants and suffered little more than an upset stomach. The average child would have to eat over 500 poinsettia leaves before they would have a serious problem. Of course, some people are more sensitive than others. So, a few leaves may cause some digestive problems to a very sensitive person. Additionally, the white, milky latex sap may cause eye and skin irritations in people with sensitive eyes and skin. For additional information on the toxicity of certain plants please visit the California Poison Control System website..
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