how can I help my poinsettia? - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa Park, Ne
Question by ndpettit46
February 28, 2011
From a wee plant 2 yrs ago, my poinsettia is now huge.Lower leaves ALWAYS droop but new growth visible in many areas. How can I send you a picture to show you the plant? Took some this AM.
Love this plant, a gift from my daughter. Thank you! Patti, NY


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Answer from NGA
February 28, 2011

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Sounds like your poinsettia is extremely happy. The best way to keep it full and bushy is to prune it back after the flowers fade. Now's a good time to cut it back. It will look puny for a few weeks after pruning but new growth will develop and you'll have two stems where you once had only one. When the new growth gets about 4 inches in length, pinch out the growing tips on each one. This will give you two more new stems. You can pinch out the growing stems every few weeks until mid summer. At that time stop pinching it back so it will develop flowers during the winter season. I wish I could see your photos but this forum does not allow us to receive photo attachments. If you post the pictures on a public photo hosting website such as Flickr or Shutterfly and send us a link to the photos in a new question we will be able to access the pictures and make specific recommendations. Best wishes with your poinsettia!

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