Christmas Without Poinsettia? Definitely No!
Can Christmas be without all time favorite Christmas Plant(Poinsettia)? No. It is by far the most used decoration for this time of the year.
If you want to keep that ravishing blooming Poinsettia that you’ve bought to endure until next year, here’s what to do.
Check It For Bugs Prior Buying
Check the plant if it is bug infested. Most plants won’t show bugs in the greenhouse, but they will show up after about one to two weeks in the home. If the plant is infected, it is best to throw it out and purchase another for keeping over.
If you want to keep the plant, do a couple of applications of soapy water to the plant and potting soil should rid the plant of infestations.
Bugs can also be removed by dabbing them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Remember, this should be done before the infection spreads all over the plant. If this do occur, it will become impossible to kill them all.
Place the plant in a cool but not cold room with curtain filtered sunlight and cut back on the watering.
Allow soil to dry in-between watering.
Water it only sparingly. Over-watering can cause plant death in winter months.The plant is not actively growing and is not taking plant food it would during the growing season. If you water the plant to often,eventually it will end up with moss, mold, rot and yellow leafs.
When watering, ensure that enough water is applied, so that some will run out through the drainage hole. If a saucer is used, discard the water that collects in it. Do not leave the plant standing in water. Overly wet soil lacks sufficient air, which results in root injury.
A wilted Christmas plant may drop its leaves prematurely, so check the soil frequently. Plants exposed to high light and low humidity require more frequent watering. If wilting does occur, immediately water and 5 minutes later water again.
If you purchase a Christmas Plant(Poinsettia) for your home, place it near a sunny window where it will have the most available sunlight.
A window that faces South, East or West is better than one facing North. Do not let any part of the plant touch the cold windowpane because this may injure the plant.
To keep the plant in bloom, maintain it at a temperature of 10 – 20 degrees C during the daylight hours and, if possible – move it to a cooler place at night.
Because root rot disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 10 degrees C, do not put the Poinsettia in a room colder than this.
Avoid exposing the plant to hot or cold drafts, which may cause premature leaf drop.
How To Make Christmas Plant To Flower Next Christmas?
Poinsettias can be re-flowered by the following Christmas.For such a schedule, continue normal watering of the soil until the 1st of April, and then allow it to dry gradually.
Do not let it get too dry at any time that the stems shrivel. Following the drying period, store the plant in a cool (10 C), airy location on its side or upright.
In mid-May, cut the stems back to about 4 inches above the soil, and either replant it in a pot 1 to 2 inches larger in diameter, or shake old soil off the roots, and re-pot in the same container using a new soil less mix.
Many good commercial potting mixes are available. Choose one that is not very finely textured. Using soil from the garden can introduce disease to the plant.
- Water the soil thoroughly after potting
- Wait five minutes and water again
- Then put the plant near the window that is exposed to the most sunlight
- Keep the plant at a temperature of 15 – 25 C, and water when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch
- After new growth appears, fertilize every two weeks with a fertilizer at the rate recommended on the label for flowering plants.
In June leave the plant in the pot, move it outdoors, and place it in a lightly shaded location. Continue watering and fertilizing the plant while it is outdoors. Pinch each stem (remove 1 inch of terminal growth) in early July.
- In late August, cut or pinch the new stems back, allowing three or four leaves to remain on each shoot.
- After this second pinch, bring the plant indoors and again place it near a window with a sunny exposure. If the plant is not pinched, it will grow too tall and be unsightly.
- Keep the plant at a temperature of 10-20 C at night and continue watering and fertilizing.
September To December
- Poinsettias are short-day plants, which means they flower about 10 weeks after the daylight shortens to about 12 hours or less.
- Therefore, to have the plant in full flower by Christmas, keep it in complete darkness between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. from early October for 8 weeks.
- During this period, any kind of light exposure between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. will delay flowering.
- A closet, opaque box or opaque cloth will keep the plant in darkness during those hours.
- Remember to put the plant near a sunny window in the daytime. Continue fertilizing the plant until mid-December.
If you have carefully applied all steps explained,we hope that you will have the most amazing Christmas Plant to show off.