The Q&A Archives: Reblooming Poinsettias

Question: How do you save a pointsettia from one year to the next?

Answer: After the holidays, to prolong the bloom, keep the plant at a constant temperature (on the cool side) with plenty of light. Sudden changes (drafts) will cause leaf drop. After flowering, stop fertilizing and move to a cool spot with lower levels of light. In May, cut back. In the fall, resume fertilizing and limit light to 10 hours a day to encourage flowering. Make sure the dark period is uninterrupted to get the brachts to turn color again. Also the soil should be free draining. If not, report using 1 part vermiculite, 1 part sphagnum moss and 1 parts standard potting mix.

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