The Q&A Archives: Poinsettias in Summer

Question: I would like to purchase a poinsettia (plant/seed) for planting. The Poinsettias I saw last year were 5 to 6 ft high growing in the summer/in Massachusetts.<br><br>No one is really familiar with growing poinsettias in the summer. Would you please forward me information where I can purchase seeds/plants. I have been asking lots of people but no one has been able to guide me to information on this particular subject. Also is there a technical name I should reference?<br><br><br>

Answer: Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is generally not grown from seed except in a very protected area. It is suitable for garden culture in frost free regions where it is considered a shrub, as you say, growing to between 5-10 feet.<br><br>It will be difficult, if not impossible, to find a poinsettia plant this time of year. Here are a few places to try:<br><br>Logees Greenhouses, 141 North St., Danielson, CT 06239; ph# 203-774-8038<br><br>J.L. Hudson, Seedsman, Star Rte. 2, Box 337, La Honda, CA 94020<br><br>You may have to wait until the winter holidays to be able to buy poinsettias. You may be able to buy one in that tree form at a local nursery--then keep it growing throughout the summer. It is simply a matter of pruning--and time--to get a regular one into the form of a tree. And you'll need to give it very specific care if you want it to turn red for the holidays.

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