Sign up for our newsletter. Depending on where you have the plant (planted outside, or in a pot indoors), will determine how you approach this process. Honesty, I don’t know the answer. Somehow I managed to keep my transplanted poinsettias alive for their second year. I have to have the oddest Poinsettia. Joe Lamp'l is the Host and Executive Producer of the award winning PBS television series Growing A Greener World. Scouting for nymphs is difficult and requires turning over leaves to look for the pests. So getting into a schedule is important. When we sold the house in 2003, the base of the plant was 11″ in diameter and it was 6 feet tall. Can’t wait to see if I can get it to turn red for xmas. If you are looking for a bit more red at that point, try going a little longer with the darkness. No air and high heat is not good for your poinsettia. But it is not cold-hardy for Tennessee. I think that the closet is dark, but it’s possible that a little light gets in there under the door. And, I’m still ‘misting’ the leaves as it’s still hot and windy here. It’s transplant shock. It’s in a clay pot, that I think it’s time to get it a large pot. I know I could never keep it up for 8-10 weeks! After New Year, I put them in a big bay window to die, as I am not good with plants, nor did I care to have such a responsibility. None of the leaves are turning red but, I do have new growth. Thanks in advance. very workable solution worth sharing with others looking for ways to get their poinsettias to rebloom. I put my poinsettias outdoors, in the Spring, when the night temps are 59 degrees or warmer. And I’m not sure if you can do anything now to change the leaf color in spring. Protect the poinsettia from drafts, keeping it in a room with temperatures between 60-70F. I just need to move this to somewhere darker in about August so they will turn Red again? Happy Thanksgiving! I have a friend who has a poinsettia that he has kept alive indoor for decades. Plants that are allowed to get too dry will wilt and also drop leaves. Also, if you transplant and cut back, keep it out of all day direct sun for a couple weeks. I don’t know where you live but poinsettias are tropical and won’t survive a frosty night. Mine is getting red on its own, slowly though but that’s ok. Please report back whatever you do. The right amount of light each day is part of the formula Laura. Top Questions About Poinsettia Plants. The plant liked it, though. I planted my December 2015 poinsettia in a large pot and it has grown and done well this year. I tried putting some used coffee grounds on it and then realized – chocolate flavored coffee grounds make your house smell like chocolate for a week. Mine was the same way but now the red leaves have finally all fallen off. If there is a layer of yellow pollen covering the flowers, this means that the plant is more mature and will not last as long. The leaves are wilted and limp., Thank you!! Unfortunately I had to be away for conferences and meetings 4 times and so the treatment was not consistent. It’s inside by the door to my office and it’s in a window. If it were me and you’re going for red leaves, I’d put the plant in a box before you leave work for the weekend to make sure it has total darkness. Can I keep it there till it turns red? Thanks for sharing this tip with us. Q I have a large poinsettia with plenty of fresh green leaves. I live in eastern Tennessee. I didn’t cut stems. In order to produce vibrantly colored bracts (or leaves) after a dormant period, your poinsettia will need to spend 12-14 hours a night in total darkness between September and November. Pull it out of the container and check the roots. (Many have been red for a week or two; others are their usual color.) I’m keeping it in a room that stays around 45 to 55 degrees. Poinsettias grow naturally in places like Mexico and Guatemala. However, you won’t hurt it to try starting the cycle now and when you’re ready to bring it out for display, although it may not be as red as you’d like, it should show some signs of color at least with 7 weeks or so to go. Mine is starting to turn red so I will a beautiful red plant for Valentine’s day! Is it too late to do any of this to be ready to turn green by Christmas? I’m a newbie to caring for and reblooming poinsettias. I was wondering re the chlorophyll deprivation that makes the leaves go red… do you think it would be possible to put black tape ‘stripes’ on the leaves and have them go partially red and remain partially green? IAM A NEW YORKER HERE AND I GOT A POINSETTA FROM A CLIENT AND ITS SITTING IN MY WINDOW AT WORK AND GOING STRONG SINCE CHRISTMAS OF 2015. Sorry to hear that Betty. If your poinsettia is dropping its leaves, there may be a number of factors to blame.

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