How do I look after my poinsettia? .
This plant should be kept in a well lit room away from draughts.If placed on a window ledge it should be brought into the room in the evening,when the curtains are closed,to prevent it from getting a draught or suffering from damping off,due to condensation on the windows forming a micro climate between the curtains and windows .
The Poinsettia should not be placed to near to gas central heating.If this becomes a problem then it should be placed on a saucer filled with gravel or pea shingle,and kept damp to make a humid atmosphere around the plant.It can be spayed with a fine mist of water.If the plant is left to go slightly dryer than usual,then it can be placed in a sink with about 3 inches of water so that the roots can soak up the water and the whole root ball is evenly soaked.If watered from the top then the water may run right through the pot, as the pot is full of a mass of roots .
If any leaves get damaged etc. then they should be removed straight away to prevent any more disease or damage to the plant.The plant should be turned on a daily basis so it doesn’t grow or lean towards the light and become leggy,this is important for most house plants.
Once the Pointsettia has finished flowering, it needs the following treatment to keep it flourishing.Firstly,it needs re-potting in a plant pot one or two sizes bigger,so that it can produce new root growth, enabling it to take up water and food.The Poinsettia needs a light pruning to encourage new growth.It can be placed outside during the summer months or in the greenhouse or conservatory from September.As the plant is producing bracts, it needs to be placed in a dark cupboard for about 8hrs per day for about 4-5 weeks to encourage the bracts to turn red.Without the dark period the bracts will not turn red.
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