Friday, January 20th, 2012...8:36 am

Caring for Poinsettias

Poinsettia by kadavoor

This is the time of year that many homes are enjoying the Poinsettia plant, euphorbia pulcherrima, that they either bought for themselves to decorate their homes for the holidays or received as holiday gifts. And though we are enjoying the beauty of the red leaves that look like flowers, many of us wish we could save the plant and have those beautiful colors return next year.   See a previous post on this topic here.

TheGardenLady received advice from a blog she has signed up to receive that gives information on all sorts of gardening. This month they have an article on caring for a Poinsettia so that it will give you the beauty of the color next December. This information comes from a professional plant nursery in West Virginia that TheGardenLady visited this past fall. Bob’s Market Nursery has a wonderful blog that any gardener can subscribe to as well.

The first article on caring for the Poinsettia appeared in their December blog.  It comes with a video in Bob’s greenhouse showing their Poinsettias with tips for the care of the plant when it is in its glory.

Now in their January blog  they tell you how to care for your Poinsettia for the rest of the year to get those colorful leaves next December. This is quite a challenge if you do not have a professional greenhouse, so don’t despair if you have problems. But the people at Bob’s try to tell you what to do on a monthly basis. They cleverly tell you what to do as each of the yearly holidays come. You can still do what they suggested doing on New Year’s Day.

For any questions you might have about the Poinsettia, check out the U of Illinois site.

Good luck in getting your Poinsettia to rebloom and let TheGardenLady readers learn if you have success. If you don’t have success, give yourself a pat on the back for trying.

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