If you love poinsettias, and you wish you could keep them year round, then look no further this article will teach you how to get your poinsettia to bloom again next year. Poinsettias are perennial plants, and they can be kept year round. This article will provide you with month-by-month instructions on how to get your poinsettia to bloom again next year.
January through March
During this time your poinsettia may stay in bloom and look lovely. Simply water it when the surface becomes dry and remove dead or dying leaves.
In the beginning of April start to gradually decrease the days you water your plant. Slowly allow the dirt to get very dry in between watering (Iannotti, pp. 8). If the stem starts to look smaller, shriveled, or unhealthy slightly increase water. After two weeks move the plant to a room that is about 6 degrees.
In the middle of May you will want to cut back the stems of your poinsettia and transplant it to a slightly bigger container (Iannotti, pp. 10). Then move the plant to a very bright window and keep it between 65 – 75 degrees. Water the plant when the surface of the soil feels dry.
In June it is important to pay attention to new growth; when you notice new shoots on your plant you should start fertilizing it on a bi weekly schedule. Move the plant outside to an area with partial shade during this month as well (Iannotti, pp.11).
In the beginning of July you should “pinch back each stem by about one inch” (Iannotti, pp. 12). This will keep your poinsettia from getting lanky.
In the middle of August, the stems of your poinsettia will branch out and grow leaves. Leave 3 or 4 leaves on each stem and pinch them back again. Return the plant to the indoors and place in a window that gets a lot of light.
During September you should “continue regular watering and fertilizing, and “make sure the temperature stays above 65 degrees” (Iannotti, pp. 13).
Sunlight is a direct factor in making a poinsettia bloom again, and it needs less sunlight for this to occur. These plants need “about 10 weeks with 12 hours or less of sunlight per day,” or it will not bloom (Iannotti, pp. 15). On the first of October move your plant to complete darkness from 5 pm to 8 am. You can use a box or place the plant in a closet. Move the plant back to the sunny window during the daytime and continue watering and fertilizing.
At the end of November you can move the plant back to the window permanently and flower buds will begin to appear.
Around the middle of December you should stop fertilizing your poinsettia. Water it when the surface gets dry and it should be blooming just fine.
Poinsettias are wonderful plants that can be kept year round. Learn how to make your poinsettia bloom again the next year and you will be glad you did.
Iannotti, M. (n.d.). Poinsettias – Caring for Holiday Poinsettias and Getting Them to Bloom Next Year. About Gardening: Gardening Ideas, Garden Design, Gardening Tips & Advice, Garden Pictures . Retrieved December 6, 2010, from http://gardening.about.com/od/wi