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How to Propagate Poinsettia Cuttings

How to Propagate Poinsettia Cuttings

Most people keep their poinsettia for just one holiday season and then throw it away by (hopefully) composting it. However, if you decide to keep your plant around and re-bloom it in the next winter season (see How to get poinsettias to turn red again), then you can also propagate poinsettia cuttings in the early summer to create new plants, and mini poinsettias are great for making indoor planter baskets up for Christmas. Here’s how to do that. As poinsettias…

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How to get poinsettias to turn red again?

How to get poinsettias to turn red again?

Once your poinsettia has finished blooming for the winter holiday season, don’t throw it away.  With some care and attention, you can keep it through the next year so that the poinsettia turns red again the next winter. Best of all, you will be rewarded with an bigger and more impressive poinsettia the following Christmas. Here are the things you have to do to it in the different seasons, including keeping it moist, pruning it and transplanting it into the…

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Why are my poinsettia leaves curling?

Why are my poinsettia leaves curling?

Poinsettia leaves curling is usually a reaction to an environmental problem usually related to watering and temperatures. This is good news as these problems are easily solved, and your poinsettia should return to good health. Over-watering If your poinsettia leaves are curling downwards, the most probable cause is over-watering. While these plants like a moist environment, they don’t like being in standing water. If the soil becomes overly damp, the oxygen availability decreases and the roots can’t absorb what water…

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How to revive a dying poinsettia plant?

How to revive a dying poinsettia plant?

First of all, don’t be too sure that you have a dying poinsettia plant on your hands. Pests, diseases and environmental conditions can all contribute to a plant that looks like it’s on its last legs. Take a close look at your poinsettia to determine what’s causing the problems of yellow leaves that may be wilting and falling off or soft and squishy stems. This guide discusses how to fix many of these issues and revive your ‘dying’ poinsettia plant…

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Why are my poinsettia leaves turning yellow and wilting?

Why are my poinsettia leaves turning yellow and wilting?

Just a few problems are likely to be the cause of your poinsettia leaves turning yellow and wilting. If they have been exposed to cold temperatures even for a few minutes while taking them from the store to the car. However, they usually just start to drop their leaves. So if there yellow and wilting, there is probably another cause. Over- and under-watering is a common cause Over-and under-watering can directly result in poinsettia leaves turning yellow and wilting. With…

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Poinsettia Pests and Diseases – Identifying & Controlling them

Poinsettia Pests and Diseases – Identifying & Controlling them

There aren’t any exclusive poinsettia pests and diseases to watch out for and on the most part, if grown indoors, there usually pest and disease free. These plants are, however, sometimes susceptible to the usual range of pests and diseases that plague any houseplant. As such, dealing with problems such as grey mould, scale insects, and thrips is quite straightforward. And none of these is fatal to your poinsettia. If you are having problems with your poinsettia, below are some…

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Can poinsettias be outside?

Can poinsettias be outside?

Poinsettias are tropical plants from Mexico and like to be in warm environments with a minimum temperature of 13˚C to 16˚C. If your climate has these warm winter temperatures, then you can put poinsettias outside all season long. However, if you plan on keeping your poinsettia going for longer than the holiday season, putting it outside in the spring is part of the program regardless of your climate. Read on for details about how to successfully have poinsettias be outside….

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Why is my poinsettia sticky? Let’s find out

Why is my poinsettia sticky? Let’s find out

The substance likely making your poinsettia sticky is called honeydew, and it’s bad news. Honeydew is a clear, sweet and sticky substance that’s excreted by some insects and aphids after they suck the sap out of your plant’s leaves. In itself, honeydew doesn’t do any damage, but the insects that create it and the insects and diseases it attracts certainly do. If your poinsettia is sticky, the most likely culprits are usually scale insects. However, you may also be referring…

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Why are my poinsettia leaves falling off?

Why are my poinsettia leaves falling off?

The most common causes of poinsettia leaves falling off are that the plant has been in a cold environment, that you’ve under- or over-watered it or that it’s been in a draughty place. And usually, it’s the lower leaves that go first. It’s also common that they have been stored incorrectly in garden centres or more likely in supermarkets in a drafty position and it’s only once you get it home that it starts to drop its leaves. You then…

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How often do you water poinsettias?

How often do you water poinsettias?

The question is not so much “how often do you water poinsettias” but “how do you know when a poinsettia needs watering?” Here’s what you need to know. Growing condition preferences Poinsettias like to be in bright but not direct daylight, out of draughts and be out of standing water. This means that they don’t like standing in excess water. This creates a welcoming environment for root rot and other fungal diseases. A general rule for when to water your…

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