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Friday, January 8, 2010

"Reblooming" Poinsettia

This poinsettia continues to amaze me! It came to my house as a gift from my dear friend, Kim, on Thanksgiving of 2008. That's over a year ago! I blogged about it last May when it still looked pretty much like it did when it arrived. Over the summer, it went completely green but it never faded and died. I did some research on poinsettia and came to the conclusion that if I treated it very well, I could probably keep it healthy but it would remain green from then on. I was given to understand that the brilliant red bracts were encouraged by some means that commercial growers had access to but a mere houseplant enthusiast like myself could not replicate. So I accepted that and continued to care for my green foliage poinsettia just the same.

Just after Christmas, it began to get some faint red in a few of its bracts. Since then, the red has deepened and appeared in more bracts. Here it is the end of the first week of January and the plant is healthy and the red, while maybe not as dominant as in the plants of the local nurseries before Christmas, is quite pronounced!

11 comments:

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I think it's happy in your kitchen--just like me!

Dorothy said...

You are welcome to come and be happy in my kitchen any time you want, Kim!

Willow said...

Wow! We can grow poinsettias outside here in our climate. But I've never succeeded in keeping an indoor poinsettia alive for very long. Your green thumb amazes me!

ellen b. said...

That's great Dorothy. I would have killed it off months ago :0)

rosemary said...

I like to blame my brown thumb on the Colorado climate, but I can't even keep poinsettias alive to New Year's day. You definitely have a knack, along with your happy kitchen!

Lisa notes... said...

So maybe I shouldn't throw away the poinsettia I got this Christmas? I don't know if mine would ever bloom again, but I might just try to keep it and see! You've inspired me. :-)

rebecca said...

I'm impressed!

Ann said...

It's lovely. I'm a disaster with flowering houseplants.

Kim said...

I was reading somewhere that during the summer months, I am supposed to keep in in a dark closer at night and bring it out in the morning. Did you do that?

Dorothy said...

No, I wouldn't throw away that poinsettia, Lisa! You've got nothing to lose by giving it a try.

Really, I did nothing special for this one. No dark closet routine, Kim. Its just lived on the side table in front of my kitchen window and gotten the same watering/fertilizing as the other houseplants. The window is oriented to get the morning sun. But I can't take much credit for its flourishing survival.

AuntE said...

I always thought the 'blooming' was brought on by specific numbers of hours of daylight vs. darkness. Whatever... it looks lovely!