poinsettia – euphorbia pulcherrima

17 Dec

poinsettiaThe poinsettia is just beginning to flower (well, technically they’re bracts — colored leaves — the flowers are the little yellow buds in the center).  I’ve had conflicting advice about how to force poinsettia into bloom for Christmas.  Some say to put it in the dark and withhold water and food for a week; others say to alternate dark and light spells for about a month before repotting, giving full light, and feeding.  I already had repotted when I brought this one in from outside, so I just put it in the pantry for a few days to withhold light, then brought it out for a little extra food and water.  The green leaves have gotten larger and the red ones more numerous over the past few days, so I’m well pleased with its progress.

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