Cutting Back Poinsettias - Knowledgebase Question

Melbourne, In
April 16, 2000
My mother brought a poinsettia at christmas 1999 and her plant is kepted indoors and is growing out of control. How and when should she cut it back,before it takes over her loungeroom.

Answer from NGA
April 16, 2000


Poinsettias should be cut back quite hard in early spring prior to being set outdoors for the summer. They should also be pinched regularly up to mid summer to keep them bushy and of a manageable size. If the plant is truly out of control and very lanky, it might be better to take and root a tip cutting and start a new plant that can be trained to a better shape.

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