Regarding Pointsettias - Knowledgebase Question

Tonawanda, Ne
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Question by crippler123
October 8, 2010
I havea question regarding a pointsettia plant I planted outdoors in the spring. I came back well, but I was wondering if I needed to transplant it to an indoor setting for the cold months?, and also what care do I need to give it? Will it come back even better? is it feasible, in our area, to plant these plants outdoors in the spring? Are they able to withstand a Buffalo, NY winter?

Answer from NGA
October 8, 2010
Poinsettia plants are natives of Mexico and cannot tolerate being outdoors in your winter weather. It's best to keep them in containers so they can spend the colder months indoors and then go outside in the late spring and summer when the weather is warm. I'd dig the poinsettia and transplant into a container so it can go indoors. Inside, give it bright light and regular water. To force it to bloom you'll need to provide about 14 hours of total darkness every 24 hours. The easiest way to accomplish this is to set the plant in a dark closet in the late afternoon and bring it back into regular light the following morning. When the foliage begins to turn color you can keep it in bright light all day long. Begin this conditioning process in mid-October. Enjoy your poinsettia.

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