The Q&A Archives: poinsettia plant

Question: have large growing in flower bed, protected from cold, frost. Blooming beautifully, Is it necessary to cut it back later in spring? I don't want it to grow much taller.

Answer: Sometimes it's hard to force yourself to do some pruning but you'll be happier with the poinsettia if you do cut it back. Otherwise it will grow lanky and unattractive. Wait until the flowers fade later this spring and cut it back. The result will be two or more new stems wherever you make a cut. This will result in a dense shrub with even more blooms. Best wishes with your poinsettia!

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