I'd really like to overwinter my poinsettias to save them for next year, but I'm not really good with house plants (gardens are my thing.) Has anyone had any luck with this and could you offer me some ideas on what I need to do?
Not sure what conditions they need but I do recall that to produce the red bracts they need a set number of hours of daylight. I think even if you keep it alive you might find it difficult to keep it looking the same as when you bought it.
Here is a link on advice on what the plant needs -
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/70 … ettia.html
Even for those that are good with plants Poinsettia can be very difficult to over winter outside of their natural habitat. Aside from needing a extreme amount of light to produce red brachs Poinsettia require a period of darkness. In most cases Poinsettia are outside of their natural habitat so they are under extreme stress just to survive the holiday. It is always my reccomendation as a indoor plant specialist for approx 9 yrs that you just start over. Even in cases of "sucess" in overwintering I have not encountered a Poinsettia that is really worthy of display. As cold and heartless as it may sound the effort is not really worth the return, and you can end up causing more problems associated with pests in the process.
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