The Q&A Archives: Cutting Back Poinsettias

Question: My mother brought a poinsettia at christmas 1999 and her plant is kepted indoors and is growing out of control. How and when should she cut it back,before it takes over her loungeroom.

Answer: Poinsettias should be cut back quite hard in early spring prior to being set outdoors for the summer. They should also be pinched regularly up to mid summer to keep them bushy and of a manageable size. If the plant is truly out of control and very lanky, it might be better to take and root a tip cutting and start a new plant that can be trained to a better shape.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Coreopsis"