Thursday, January 22, 2009
Nurturing Poinsettias Beyond the Christmas Season
This Poinsettia held a prominent place on the altar at my church during the Christmas season. It has now dropped a good many leaves and after serving its purpose, it and the other even larger poinsettias, were destined for the trash. I rescued it, thinking that it would be a special plant since it once stood in the Lord's presence for several weeks.
Here is a website that gives instructions for taking care of a poinsettia after the Christmas season is over.
POINSETTIA CARE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS
I may not be able to get it to bloom as beautifully as it did this past Christmas, but nonetheless, I hope to coax it along to being a beautiful potted plant with a special history.
I'm going to water it sparingly for a few weeks and then I'll remove the foil and cut it back to about 8 inches tall, just as the instructions state. Then I plan to keep it watered and fertilized until late Spring when I'll repot it. Next Fall we will see if I'm still motivated enough to make sure it gets the right number of hours of dark and light to produce blooms!
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