Poinsettias in Summer - Knowledgebase Question

Springfield, MA
Question by brad7951
March 12, 1998
I would like to purchase a poinsettia (plant/seed) for planting. The Poinsettias I saw last year were 5 to 6 ft high growing in the summer/in Massachusetts.

No one is really familiar with growing poinsettias in the summer. Would you please forward me information where I can purchase seeds/plants. I have been asking lots of people but no one has been able to guide me to information on this particular subject. Also is there a technical name I should reference?



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Answer from NGA
March 12, 1998

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Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is generally not grown from seed except in a very protected area. It is suitable for garden culture in frost free regions where it is considered a shrub, as you say, growing to between 5-10 feet.

It will be difficult, if not impossible, to find a poinsettia plant this time of year. Here are a few places to try:

Logees Greenhouses, 141 North St., Danielson, CT 06239; ph# 203-774-8038

J.L. Hudson, Seedsman, Star Rte. 2, Box 337, La Honda, CA 94020

You may have to wait until the winter holidays to be able to buy poinsettias. You may be able to buy one in that tree form at a local nursery--then keep it growing throughout the summer. It is simply a matter of pruning--and time--to get a regular one into the form of a tree. And you'll need to give it very specific care if you want it to turn red for the holidays.

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