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Dec 30, 2017 5:40 AM CST
Recently I got this plant for a gift and now I have a problem. I've never had such a plant and I don't know how to care for it now. Could someone give me some of the most important advice? And most importantly, what is this plant?
Dec 30, 2017 6:13 AM CST
|Your plant is a Poinsettia.
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Edited to add:
In the winter keep the plant inside the house. If you break a leaf or stem, the plant will ooze a white latex substance; some people have a skin reaction to this substance. Use caution. Also, if you have pets please do not allow them to eat/chew the plant. You only need to give the plant a warm room, about 6 hours of filtered sunlight, a bit of water when the soil is dry.
This type of plant is usually grown in a greenhouse to be sold at Christmastime. Most people are not able to keep the plant alive for more than 6 weeks.
There are ways to extend the life of the plant. Maybe someone will chime in with tips to extend the life of your plant.
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Dec 30, 2017 6:14 AM CST
| You can find some comparison photos here - Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Often you see them around Christmas because of the colourful foliage. As for care, I'm afraid I have no experience growing them, so I cannot really advise.
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Jan 1, 2018 7:12 AM CST
To get a poinsettia to re-develop the red bracts for next season you will likely need to control the hours of darkness it experiences. There are some hints towards the bottom of this page:
Name: Will Creed
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Jan 1, 2018 11:33 AM CST
|Simple instructions: Keep it close to a north or east window. Don't repot it. Water it when the surface of the soil feels dry. Gradually the red bracts will fade and drop off and the plant will produce lots of new green leaves and the plant will become tall and leggy. It will not get red bracts again.
More complicated instructions for getting red bracts new year: As soon as the red bracts fade, prune back all of the stems to one or two stem nodes (bumps) above the soil. New compact green growth will emerge from those nodes. The pruning way back will keep it smaller and more compact. Allow it to grow through the winter and summer as described above. In the fall, give it 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of complete darkness every day for 8 weeks. This is a pain to do, but the only sure way to get red bracts again next holiday season.
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