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D26-Dec-01 10:46 PM EST
Doug27-Dec-01 12:14 AM EST   
Will Creed27-Dec-01 02:01 PM EST   
Barb Anley28-Dec-01 01:31 PM EST 7b   

Subject: pointsettia
From: D
Date: 26-Dec-01 10:46 PM EST

I am going to attempt to keep my pointsettia despite my failure last year. Any advice? And has anyone tries to root cuttings?

Subject: RE: pointsettia
From: Doug
Date: 27-Dec-01 12:14 AM EST


after christmas, I would keep your poinsettia in a bright, indirectly lit place.. a south room with large windows, but not in a window directly. As summer comes move it into a bright room away from the hottest part of the day's sun. That should keep it fairly well for the time when you are not trying to get it to flower.

For flowering, you need to regulate the amount of light the poinsettia gets (it is photosensitive). It will require a period of darkness (about fourteen hours a day) along with a fertilizer program to promote blooming (One high in potassium) done on a weekly basis (minimum). The regulated light and fertilizer needs to be done for about 12-15 weeks before christmas. During that time you should see the bracts color up and the flowers growing.

hope this helps you out.


Subject: RE: pointsettia
From: Will Creed
Date: 27-Dec-01 02:01 PM EST

I have written an article on holiday plant care that includes year round care instructions for poinsettias, holiday cacti, and amaryllis. I will email a copy to anyone who sends their request to me at

Will Creed, Horticulturist Horticultural Help, NYC

P.S. You may be interested in my website at and my Indoor Plant Bulletins that I publish monthly.

Subject: RE: pointsettia
From: Barb Anley
Zone: 7b
Date: 28-Dec-01 01:31 PM EST

I would love to get your article on Year Round Care for Poinsettias. Thanks.

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