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Mar 11, 2017 2:13 PM CST

I've had this gorgeous poinsettia for four months now and the leaves are turning black/dry on the edges.

The plant is near, not to close, a east facing window. I water every three to four days but only when the soil feels dry and the temperature in my house is 65-69.

Any suggestions?

Thank you for your time,

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 11, 2017 7:08 PM CST

I'm surprised your Poinsettia looks so good. All it needs now is a trim, a warm sunny spot to spend the summer and plenty of food and water. If its in a 6 inch pot, you could repot into an 8 inch pot. Use good quality potting soil. It may rebloom for you next winter but chances are good it won't or the "flowers" will be small.
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Name: Elaine
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Mar 11, 2017 9:19 PM CST
I agree Your poinsettia is finished blooming for this season. You can trim off the red bracts, and re-pot as Daisy suggested then let it grow outside for the summer with a little fertilizer and regular, (not too much) water. If your lawn is on a sprinkler system, say twice a week, that much would probably do fine for it. They like hot, dry weather but be sure you don't let the pot get too dessicated.

In the fall, you need to bring it in, somewhere it will get the right light/dark cycle, I think it's @ 12 hours of each, so it will set some more blooms and be beautiful again. Even artificial light such as street lights or lights in your house will throw off the bloom set. This is the reason it's such a difficult thing to get them to re-bloom. Yet, you see them growing by the roadside in Mexico (where they came from) and blooming 10ft. tall with bracts 18in. across with no care whatsoever, so it's just a matter of getting lucky and supplying the right conditions.

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Name: Will Creed
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Mar 12, 2017 2:59 PM CST
If you want to avoid having a leggy plant in the future, now is the time to prune back all of the stems by at least one-third to one-half. If you see new green shoots emerging down low on some of the stems, prune all the way back to just above the lowest shoots. Your poinsettia wants to put out new growth now in anticipation of its next flowering cycle. If you don't prune, the new growth will not be as vigorous and the plant will look very leggy. Pruning sharply following the flowering is what most people neglect. If you wait much longer, it will be too late to prune.
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