Thursday, December 12, 2013

Poinsettia Tips #1 & #2

I walked into the office today and was greeted by one wilted poinsettia. One out of six isn't terrible odds. But so far I haven't killed a Christmas plant, and I'd like to keep it that way.

I had forgotten that these plants, in this office, need to be watered ever 4 or 5 days, not every 6 or 7. I water the other office plants once a week or so, sometimes I can get away with going a little longer between watering. They aren't spectacular looking, but so far they are all still alive. But that schedule doesn't work for these great big blooms.

Poinsettia CPR commenced early today. The droopy plant got a cold water bath in the sink. The other plants, though not wilted, also got a good long drink. To be on the safe side, I rotated the weepy guy away from the heat vent, and my fingers are crossed that the he will bounce back by day's end. Thankfully, they usually do. Come Monday, I'm going to have to remember to repeat the routine all over again.

So how do you keep poinsettias alive for the month before Christmas?

#1 - water once every 4 days

#2 - rotate the plants with each watering

Happy growing!

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