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Team  Poinsettias  or No Poinsettias?

By Trish
December 23, 2013

Continuing with our fun chat threads, come share with us about this popular winter plant.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Dec 22, 2013 7:11 PM CST
I should add - with moderation. I have two by my front door.
And I prefer the white ones over the bright red ones.
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Dec 22, 2013 9:53 PM CST
indeed, tis the season after all Smiling
I have just one. It's huge. It still had colored bracts up thru last July so I never took it outside. Did the light restriction thing this fall and it has set full color again. Awesome.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Dec 23, 2013 12:14 PM CST

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Wow- that's really impressive!! Thumbs up
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 23, 2013 5:01 PM CST
Send us a picture Dirt! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Dec 23, 2013 7:59 PM CST
okay, okay
but I'm not cleaning the plant room for it or moving anything out of the way (like the dormant bougainvillea stick tree or the hairy cat beds)
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Dec 23, 2013 9:35 PM CST
Here is the true story of the charlie brown poinsettia.
Purchased on clearance by well intended BF from BBS few days before Christmas in 2010. I put it outside in in the spring behind some tallish stuff because it looked pretty crappy. During fall cleanup I noticed that it was turning color (mild fall that year), so I brought it inside. It still looked pretty crappy--leggy and no leaves to speak of...but it was alive and trying to bloom! Here are a couple of embarrassing pictures of it taken on 2-19-12:
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I re-potted it in about April and it moved outside again, but gave it more sun. Same story but with an earlier winter, a few more leaves, and bigger still, except it kept its color like I said thru July...and it looked so cool, in a charlie-brown-poinsettia kinda way that I never moved it out side...
and now it is an indoor shrub. Still leggy--especially on one side--and pathetic, but totally doing it's thing

and, you're all just going to have to believe me because I am not gonna clean up the charlie brown plant room anytime soon--
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 26, 2013 7:02 PM CST
I think it's lovely. Really!

Is it a kind of miniature or are the blooms full size? I can't tell in the picture.
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Dec 26, 2013 7:37 PM CST
Currently, the largest bloom diameter is about 8inches and the plant actually has pretty decent sized leaves, but the bracts are narrower than properly cultured poinsettias, and the color less vivid.
In the pics from a couple years ago, it kinda did have a mini-thing going on!
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Dec 27, 2013 9:17 PM CST
Neat plant. I like uncommon growth patterns.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Dec 28, 2013 9:16 AM CST
We currently have 22 that we bought this year - our Home depot does a promotion on the Friday after Thanksgiving where they sell 6" pots of them for $1 a piece while supplies lasts. We always get our trees that day and also load up on poinsettias.

I also have about 6 or 8 poinsettias outside that I've had over the last several years. If I remember to put the. On the side of the house with no lighting at night they color up well! I also have a variegated poinsettia that I LOVE!
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Dec 28, 2013 10:52 AM CST
haha--Thanks so much for the kind appreciation Sheryl. I like it too--fits in well with the retarded seasonal theme in that room.
Probably stupid, really, to hog up such premium space with a poinsettia shrub, (me thinks I'd rather have a new hoya Lovey dubby there) but since my day job is all about death and dying (in every iteration so far) I genuinely struggle with condemning life to the compost pile on account of ugliness alone...
Maybe I'll plant it in the ground this year and let winter kill it. Is that cheating? I'd certainly be no less responsible for its death...and, why dig a senseless hole???
Where is the thread for the quandaries like this?
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Dec 28, 2013 12:33 PM CST
...I like it too--fits in well with the retarded seasonal theme in that room.

Ha!!! You are too funny!

Tell me when you are ready to let it go; I will pay for the postage to it's next life. There - no guilt!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dirtdorphins
Dec 28, 2013 2:40 PM CST
Deal!
but seriously,
I just spied it in the window from a lame pic last spring (5-30-13)
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The thing is huge. I don't think it is shipping anywhere...
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Dec 30, 2013 1:58 PM CST
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Dec 30, 2013 2:20 PM CST
Oh that is beautiful, and I have never seen it!! Thumbs up
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Dec 30, 2013 2:33 PM CST

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That is a stunning variety!
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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Jan 1, 2014 12:36 PM CST
I bought it at Wal-Mart for $3.98.
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
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sheryl
Jan 4, 2014 11:30 AM CST
Talking about deals!!! Very nice.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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