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Highland, ut
Jun 16, 2017 7:12 PM CST
My Christmas poinsetta bit the dust but I got a hair and chopped it up and it is growing back very prettily. My question is why does it only have one red leaf
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 16, 2017 9:21 PM CST
The question should be 'Why does my Poinsettia still have a red leaf?'. This time of year, Poinsettias should be growing pretty new green leaves. The cause of that wintertime color show is a change in day length. As the nights grow longer, the last leaves to grow don't get enough light so are not able to photosynthesize (therefore, no chlorophyll) - the only color that shows through is red. Those red leaves are surrounding tiny yellow flowers.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jun 17, 2017 5:56 AM CST
If you are interested in maintaining a Poinsettia long term, then it is important to prune it back by two-thirds or more after it has finished blooming in the late winter. This sharp pruning will help keep the plant full and compact and prevent leggy stems. This is the step that most folks fail to do.

As Daisy stated, spring through summer is the time the plant produces healthy new green growth. Starting in the fall, Poinsettias require 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of complete darkness every day for 6-8 weeks to set it up to produce the red bracts and flowers in late November.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Highland, ut
Jun 17, 2017 3:55 PM CST
That's crazy cool! The red leaf was the first one to come out. There are two more that are a sort of maroon color but the rest are that fantastic green. Thank you so much WillC and Daisyl!

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