Re:Earlier Ques. abt my poinsettia/posted pics to help - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa Park, Ne
Question by ndpettit46
February 28, 2011
Hi again! I have posted my poinsettia pics on shutterfly:
Hope this will help me to propagate and keep it healthy.Sorry I couldn't edit the pics. Hope they are OK for you to check out. You're the best!!!

Answer from NGA
February 28, 2011


I looked at your pictures - what a beautiful poinsettia! It looks healthy, even the yellowing older leaf (leaves?) are normal because they're the lowest and therefore the oldest leaves. If it were my plant I'd prune it back. Using photo number six as a reference, I'd prune back the longest stem on the left hand side so it is equal or slightly lower than the rest of the plant. This will force new growth below the cut so the center of the plant becomes bushier. It will also force new growth just above the cut. You can simply pinch out the growing tips of the remaining stems to force new growth lower down on the stems and to encourage healthy new top growth. Hope this information helps you make the kindest cuts, and those that encourage lots of healthy new growth. Thanks for posting the pictures and enjoy your beautiful poinsettia!

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