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Question: when to put in dark and shoud i water

Answer: Possibly the most traditional of holiday plants, poinsettias require special handling to help them thrive and to make them bloom year after year. About mid-September condition it to bloom by providing total darkness for 16 hours each day so the plant can set color in the flower bracts. The easiest way to accomplish this is to set the plant in a bright room for 8 hours and then either put a box over it or put it in a closet for 16 hours. In early December, stop the conditioning process and leave the plant in a bright location. You should see colorful leaves in about a week. Water as usual during this conditioning process.

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