The life of a poinsettia is often no more than over the Christmas period and into March. Notoriously difficult to get to flower for a second season, poinsettias are high-maintenance plants, which have a number of specific requirements if they survive past the holidays. New varieties are more resistant than the old, but they can still be difficult to handle.
There are a number of different factors that affect the longevity of poinsettia one. From choosing a healthy plant to protect them from the cold on the way home, the high-maintenance plant with due care and consideration on the way out of the store. Most plants will be purchased for the Christmas season last for several weeks, without a lot of extra attention and a healthy, well-maintained system can last several months.
Help choose a healthy plant from the start when they try to. The poinsettia last through the holidays Healthy, vigorous plants are covered with leaves and bracts all the way down to the ground it should be planted in. bright colors, and the bracts should not yellow, green or brown discoloration. The system should be higher than it is wide. With steady growth at all sites If the plant sit in a crowded group in pots together, this can cause premature leaf drop. Once leaves begin to fall, it is a sign of decay.
The right care at home to help the poinsettia last longer. The plant should be removed from each sleeve and placed in the hot or cold drafts. During the day, the ideal temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees Celsius at night the plant slightly cooler temperatures of about 55 degrees F. should be suspended
Poinsettias should be exposed to indirect sunlight, but kept out of direct sunlight and potentially drafty windows. Soil should be kept moist and well drained.
To keep the poinsettia alive by the spring, all the colored bracts and most of the leaves are removed from the stalks. Left with only three leaves on each of the stems, the Christmas star at the end of the spring to be repotted. Moving range of fresh earth on phosphate fertilizer help the poinsettia in the regrowth process.
Summer and Fall
Pruning the leaves of the growing plant can help it grow thick instead of spindly. To keep the plant lives, it should not be exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees F, it may require, it moves indoors in late summer and early fall months. Once October hits, it is possible to start the flowering process all over again by the system at least 14 hours total darkness, to start the new bracts show color again -. A process that usually takes up to two months