Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: Post-Holiday Poinsettias??

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 29, 2012 6:00 PM CST
What do you do with the poinsettias once the holidays are over? I'm about done with everything red and sparkly, so at the very least the outer foil has to go. As I recall, my mom used to keep them as houseplants although they never colored up again. I've read about the process to do that and it sounds pretty complicated. Do you just let them die a slow death, put them out of their misery, keep them on as green plants, or... ???
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Paul2032
Dec 29, 2012 6:56 PM CST
Enjoy and then discard. Mine is dropping leaves.......garbage tomorrow.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Dec 29, 2012 7:44 PM CST

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When I lived in Piedmont we planted them outside after Christmas and they got as big as a house, but anywhere else you might as well throw them away. They don't make great houseplants because they're poisonous.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Dec 30, 2012 9:39 PM CST
Also since they're greenhouse grown they're a bit tempermental Thumbs down I always feel bad tossing plants away though - oh well...I do feel better composting them (so glad Seattle has yard waste!)
Zuzu when you'd plant them outside would they bloom the following years??
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Name: Zuzu
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Dec 30, 2012 9:54 PM CST

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Yes, they did bloom outside. The neighbors who had the best blooms regularly covered their Poinsettia bushes at about 5:00 in the afternoon and uncovered the plants at 8:00 in the morning starting in September. It's the long dark nights that make a Poinsettia bloom. You can do the same with an indoor Poinsettia plant by putting it in a dark closet for 14 or 15 hours a night during the months leading up to Christmas.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Dec 30, 2012 11:22 PM CST
I like the idea of having a huge poinsetta bush!
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springcolor
Jan 1, 2013 9:09 PM CST
Mine went out today. I like cyclamen better for the holidays.
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Bonehead
Jan 1, 2013 9:40 PM CST
I'm just ready for something other than red - maybe a nice jolly yellow. I saw some daffs at the grocery store, that would work.
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gg5
Jan 1, 2013 11:15 PM CST
I agree with both of you! I brought in a couple of cuttings off my forsythia bush, to "force" them, but so far not much happening! Yellow when its cloudy is always nice! (although today was amazing!! sunny and cold!) Hurray!
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jan 2, 2013 9:03 AM CST
Good idea on the forcing, Greg - I never think of that. Perhaps I'll go 'shopping' for likely candidates this morning.
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