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A Huge Poinsettia I Received Last Christmas Is Still Growing!

Updated on December 26, 2013
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Mary enjoys gardening and growing unusual species that have spectacular coloring and is also easy to grow.

The Huge Poinsettia

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I received a huge Poinsettia as a gift to enjoy during the Christmas season. I don't think you will find this size Poinsettia for sale in stores. This one was purchased from a local grower who owns a Poinsettia nursery. He loads up his van each year with his plants, and goes around to businesses in our area to sell them.

Here it is Spring 2012, and this beauty is still growing. I am told if I plant it in a shady place, it will continue to grow and I can enjoy it again this next Christmas. I will get brave one day and put it in the ground.

The Legend Of The Poinsettia

The legend of the Christmas Poinsettia is that in Mexico many years ago, a little boy and girl had no money to buy a gift to bring to the Christmas festival in their town. As part of the festival, a scene had been created to depict the birth of Christ. Statutes of Mary were there, and a manger had been placed to celebrate the birth of Christ. Everyone in the little town was expected to bring a gift for this occasion, and the gift would be placed at the base of the manger. This little boy and girl had no money to buy the expected gift. When the boy and girl got to the scene, they each gathered up a handful of weeds to make a small bouquet. They dug a little hole in the ground at the base of the manger, and they stuck the weeds into the ground. All of a sudden, the weeds turned into beautiful red star shaped flowers. So, from then on, this flower has been known as the Christmas flower. Everyone knows what a Poinsettia looks like. It is one of the most beautiful blooming plants there is. Just to look at one makes you feel like Christmas.

The Poinsettia Grower

One of my daughters came by after work yesterday to bring me a Poinsettia. Every Christmas season, a local Poinsettia grower brings his plants to sell. He goes around in his van that is loaded with the plants he has grown. My daughter always buys one for her business, and one for me. Now, we are seeing many of these beautiful plants everywhere to bring in the Christmas season. The ones you see in the stores are cute little plants that are about 12 inches high and maybe eight inches across.

A Poinsettia Nursery

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I Measured The Poinsettia

The Poinsettias this grower sells are huge. When I first got the plant and before I removed the protective plastic wrap, I measured it. The plant was 19 inches across. After I removed the wrapping, the plant measured 32 inches across. It is 30 inches tall. Now, that’s almost three feet high!

The Plant Before I Removed The Wrapping

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The Poinsettia Across: 32 Inches

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After I Unwrapped The Plant

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Just To Show How Tall This Plant Is

I placed an Ivory statute beside the Poinsettia just to show how tall it is. The statute is 12 inches tall.

The Ivory Stature Is 12 Inches High

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The Poinsettia Will Be Placed On A Table

The first few years she bought a plant for me, I would place the Poinsettia outside on my front porch. I wanted my neighbors and friends to see it. Since the plant is very fragile, and breaks very easily, I’d be careful where I placed it. I found out that even a slight wind would knock it over and it would break.

One year I placed it on the ground and drove a pole down through the plant and into the ground. That was not good for the plant because the pole went through the root. This year I have decided to put the Poinsettia on a table on the screen porch, out of the wind. I would like to keep the plant inside my house on the floor during the holiday season, but I have a small Miniature Schnauzer. The sap from these plants is toxic to dogs.

My Last Year's Poinsettia Is Going To Bloom Again

I received a Poinsettia last Christmas, and after it had finished blooming I put it in my “plant graveyard”, and forgot all about it. I was so surprised a couple of weeks ago to see that the plant is going to bloom is thriving and will bloom again. Some people where I live plant these directly into the ground and they live. There are things you have to do to force the plant to bloom again. It has to be covered starting in the fall, and then uncovered as the Christmas season is near.

Last Year's Poinsettia Will Bloom Again

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We Will Enjoy This Plant During The Holidays

We will enjoy this gorgeous Poinsettia all through the Christmas holidays. After it finishes blooming, I will place it again my “graveyard’, and hope that it will bloom again. If I just forget all about it, and hope for the best, I’ll bet it will bloom next year again.

Have you ever seen a Poinsettia this large?

Almost A Year Later

Well, it is now the end of September, and the Poinsettia is still very large and green. I do believe it will bloom again at Christmastime. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, That Grrl. I'm glad you found my Hub on the Poinsettia. I really didn't put it in the dark like you are supposed to, and it is still going to bloom again. What a miracle! Some people here in S. Florida plant the Poinsettia directly into the ground and they do well. I have not been that brave.....

      Good to see you, Mary

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      That is a gorgeous, great poinsettia Mary. I'm glad you took a photo of it in-between stages too. You kept it well. Mine tend to come back a bit smaller than they were originally. You really have the knack with the poinsettias.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hifanfreluche, it just wouldn't be Christmas without using a Poinsettia, would it? I'm using this huge Poinsettia as a Christmas tree! Thanks for reading, Regards

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      fanfreluche 5 years ago from France (but Canadian at heart)

      I buy a Poinsettia every Christmas, as my mother did and my Grandmother.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello, Peggy W! Thanks for reading about my huge Poinsettia. I've never seen one like this in retail stores. I have this one set up on the porch on a table. I read that they can be toxic to dogs so I don't take any chances with my little dogs. I do hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas, friend.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This year at Costco I saw poinsettias as large as you were given as a gift. We did not purchase one because it was truly almost too large to have in the house in places where I have the usual smaller sized ones...but they were spectacular to see.

      When I was a teenager living at home in McAllen, Texas with my parents, poinsettias could be planted outside and grow large and rebloom. Nice that yours is doing the same for you in Florida. Enjoy your large poinsettia plant and Merry Christmas!

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      Annie 5 years ago from NewYork

      Season greeting Mary615 and you are welcome...(:)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Darknlovely3436! Thanks for reading about my huge Poinsettia! I'm using it as a Christmas tree as it is taller than my little artificial tree I usually use! Hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Annie 5 years ago from NewYork

      Love this hub the

      HOLIDAYS

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, imkd, thanks for reading about my huge poinsettia! And for the nice compliment. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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      imkd 5 years ago

      beautiful hub mary. I really liked this hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Barbara Kay, I had never seen a poinsettia this big before! I hope I can keep it alive for another year. Thanks for reading. I look forward to seeing you again, and reading more of your Hubs. Have a great day!

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      This is interesting. What a beautiful poinsettia! I've never had a really big plant myself. If I keep growing my smaller ones, hopefully they will grow that big.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good evening, ktrapp, thanks for reading, and for the vote! If you do get a poinsettia this year, try keeping it. It just might bloom again next year for you. I don't think my little dog would bother this one, but I can't take any chances, either. Sorry you don't have your cat any longer, though. Regards, Mary

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Mary - Your poinsettia is spectacular - and even more beautiful as it is a gift from your daughter. How wonderful! I love poinsettias, but for years have been unable to have them since our cat would not leave them alone. Now we no longer have our cat so I am inspired to decorate with poinsettias. Thanks.

      ~voted up and beautiful~

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Gypsy, yes I'd try it. As long as it doesn't get cold, it should be fine. Good luck.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I will just have to keep it inside and perhaps in the summer it can be put out for awhile. We keep our house pretty warm.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Dear Gypsy Rose Lee, Yes, buy a real one this year, and try and keep it for next year. Does it get cold in Latvia? They are a tropical plant, and can't stand the cold.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi RedElf, thanks for reading, and for the nice compliment on my photos. It truly is a beauty. Regards, Mary

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Your poinsettas are so beautiful. I love these plants. Will have to purchase one this year. I've had an artificial one all along.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Such lovely flowers, and what a wonderful specimen! Great photos, too! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, anndavis25, many thanks for getting back to tell me that. Yes, we have the royal poinciana tree here, too. They are truly beautiful. Messy when they drop their flowers, but very pretty. Thanks again, for taking the time to get back to me on this. Have a great day!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Mary, I need to correct myself. I was wrong about the poinsettia tree...It's really the (royal poinciana tree) I was thinking of. It is consistently voted among the top 5 most beautiful flowering trees in the world. The poinciana tree is also considered one of the most colorful flowering tree. The royal poinciana is related to the tamarind and mimosa tree. The royal poinciana is native to Madagascar. Anyway, I have one. Sorry about that.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, oceansnsunsets! So good to see you. Thanks for reading and for the votes! Yes, I will enjoy this beauty all during the holidays! I hope your season will be a happy one for you and yours!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Poinsettias are so lovely to give and receive as gifts. I think they are such a cheerful, bright flower to have and display during the holidays.

      What a joy to get a healthy, blooming poinsettia like you did from your daughter. Its truly beautiful! Loved your hub about the story of poinsettias also. Very sweet. Voted up and more.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Lord! Thanks for reading...when I look at this lovely plant, I will think of my wonderful daughter who always remembers her mama. Glad you liked my choice in videos.

      I do so apologize. I have to get caught up with my reading today. Your latest is on my "things to do" list today for sure.

      I hope your day is blessed. Regards, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Sueswan, so good to see you! I'd love to see one of these plants as tall as you mentioned. I am getting comments from people who have seen trees!

      Have a wonderful day, friend.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Green and red...big and full fledge per se. Lovely hub, that gets us ready for that very special day of the year. Thanks Mary for letting us in in your world. Loved the video too.

      Lord

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Mary,

      Your Pointsettia is gorgeous.

      I hear they can grow 8 - 10 feet in the wild.

      Voted up and beautiful.

      Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, my Mara for reading about your gift to me! I will think of you every time I look at the plant. You are truly a wonderful daughter to always think of me. I love you. Goodnight.

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      Mara 5 years ago

      I"m glad you enjoy the poinsettia! Great little hub! Merry Christmas! From your daughter, Mara ;)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, writer20, thanks for reading, and for the nice compliment. See you again, soon....

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful hub and a great photo of you're huge poinsettia

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi MM, good to see you. Try and keep your plant this year. It might just bloom again next year for you! Thanks for the votes. Have a wonderful day.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mary, wow your poinsettia is huge, what a beauty! I spoke to my Mum yesterday and she said she had bought me one for Christmas, which I will be getting tomorrow when I visit, Dad always use to buy me one every year, they are beautiful plants.

      Thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hypenbird, hope you are well today! I didn't mention it in my Hub, but one of my wonderful daughters gives me one of these each year from the same grower. Being the sentimental slob that I am, I cannot bear to throw it out after the holidays. It truly is a beauty. Bye for now....

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Boy, SanneL, another Hubber just said they have poinsettia trees where she lives in Fl. I'd love to see one of them; must be beautiful. It must not get cold where you live in Greece. I know they don't like the cold (just like me). Thanks for reading, With regards, Mary

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      The poinsettia is a beautiful plant. Many people just throw them out after Christmas and it is a sad waste. Your is just lovely. The excessive size is funny, like it is saying "I am so gorgeous you MUST look and admire."

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hello SunnieDay, good to see you! Yes, do try to plant it. It will either live or die, right? They are so beautiful, and it just kills me to throw them out after the holidays. Love ya, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Eddy, I don't know if the Poinsettia will continue to grow in your climate. I would try it if I were you. I always figure: what do I have to lose? Go for it!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      I have seen some huge poinsettia trees growing in Greece and they are beautiful. However, your poinsettia is just gorgeous! You must be so proud.

      Thank you for sharing this with us. Thank you!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Dear Mary,

      What a wonderful hub! The poinsettia is just beautiful! I love to decorate with these special flowers..You have inspired me to plant one and hopefully it will return next year. Thank you.

      Loved the video too..

      God bless my friend,

      Sunnie

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I bought one of these a couple of Xmases ago ,half price due to its wilted state. I suppose I thought I was going to nurse it back to full bloom!!However it carried on wilting until ...well you can guess what happened then.

      So after reading this one I think that I may purchase another one (in full bloom this time)and see how it goes.

      Thank you so much for sharing this gem.

      Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Wow, anndavis25, I have never seen a ponsettia tree! I have seen people plant these, and I'd like to try that, but my soil here is just sand, and nothing grows in the ground. I grow everythin in pots. Thanks for readying. See you again soon.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi uniquearticlesuz, thanks for reading and the compliment. Bye for now....

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hi Mary615...I have a poinsettia tree. They only grow from here (Clearwater) on down south. Very delicate tree. Mine freezes back sometime, but always comes back.

      You can plant those potted ones outside and they do well.

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      uniquearticlesbuz 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful its really awesome dear......:)