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jean28-Feb-02 01:20 PM EST 5a   
Will Creed01-Mar-02 08:30 PM EST   

Subject: pointsettia
From: jean
Zone: 5a
Date: 28-Feb-02 01:20 PM EST

i still have my christmas poinsettias. both still have coloured leaves, but green leaves are sparse. have a few green shoots comming on some branches, I am afraid to cut the plant back to the base incase i kill it, but would like it to be full, not leggy, any suggestions as to how to keep the plant growing thick and full, like the ones u get in the stores which cost an arm and a leg. thanks jean

Subject: RE: pointsettia
From: Will Creed
Date: 01-Mar-02 08:30 PM EST

To keep your poinsettia full, you have to cut it back by at least one third. In fact, it is best to cut back each stem to just above the lowest node that is pushing out new shoots. Those new shoots will flourish if the growth above them is removed and if they get lots of light.

I have an article on year round poinsettia care that I will email to anyone who sends me their email address.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Will Creed, Horticulturist Horticultural Help, NYC Email:

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

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