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How do you best take care of a poinsetta during the Summer?

by | Mar 10, 2010 | Ask Pahl's Market, Caring for your Plants, Resources, Market News

I have this fantastic poinsetta plant from Christmas that is still red and has a lot of new growth but I want it out of my house at least for the summer. What to do with it? Can I plant this in the garden? Does it like sun or shade? Thank you for your help.

Dear Kathleen,
Poinsettias are great plants to place outdoors for the summer.  It will do best in a spot with bright indirect light and protection from the hot afternoon sun.  Your plant can go outside once nighttime temperatures stay above 55 degrees.  If you are going to bring your poinsettia indoors again in the fall you may wish to leave it in the pot and just plant the pot in the ground.  If you are going to use it as a container plant you could transplant it into a slightly larger pot (increase pot diameter by about one to two inches).  Use a standard well draining potting soil when you transplant it.  Fertilize every two to three weeks.  Prune the plant mid summer to keep it bushy and compact.  The red bracts will fade as summer progresses.  To get your poinsettia to rebloom next Christmas (!) the plant will need 14 hours of complete dark beginning in October 1st.
Good luck with your poinsettia.

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