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The best conditions inside for your Poinsettia  Christmas Letters From Santa Review are for them to obtain at least six hours of natural sunlight per day. Avoid direct sun, as this will cause the leaves to fade. Do not fertilize while it is in bloom. However, here is the way that you can keep your Poinsettia for the year and have it ready to bloom again next Holiday Season.

When your plant has stopped blooming, move it to a cool, dark place such as your garage or storeroom. Reduce watering but not completely. Cut the plants back part way so that each stem is left with only two buds. In the late Spring, place them outdoors again. They will probably need to be repotted to a container with about 3" larger in diameter. Keep them well watered and move to a sunny location. Be sure to turn the pot every week for even growth.You may wish to keep pinching them back as they continue to grow - this will encourage branching. Make sure that the plant is watered when the soil is dry to the touch and now start fertilizing again.

In areas where the temperature will go below freezing, they will need to be brought inside again in the Fall. In early October, leave them in total, yes total, darkness for 14 hours a day. Continue this regime until Thanksgiving, continuing to water and feed during this time.Now keep your plant out on display and you should have beautiful foliage and flowers by mid December - just in time for the next Holiday Season.Remember, you can place your Poinsettia in a beautiful planter or container and surround it with lovely ivy trailing down the sides. Decorate with a few ornaments for a spectacular festive look. The Poinsettia can be replaced with Amaryllis, Tulips or Daffodils in the Spring

  Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 4:27:46 AM

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