I’ll let you decide that. No direct sunlight. Eventually nothing is left to feed the plant until you add it back with fertilizer. Mushroom compost is, in my opinion, one of the most over-hyped gardening products on garden shop shelves Let’s examine the data. it would be super cool if this worked but you may need to be the one to try and let us know. Should I prune it, repot it, spray it with something to get rid of the white stuff? Mary, plz do let me know.. LORI, DID EVERYTHING WORK OUT????? But don’t set it outside until it warms up in spring. I’ve had my poinsettias a LONG time and they rarely EVER turn red. Botrytis gray mold (most destructive disease of poinsettia) Leaf and flower tissue rots; worse on immature leaves or wounded or stressed tissue. A further update: another month later, the plant still has relatively few leaves, but on about 6-8 branches, the leaves closest to the window have turned color. Temperature stress and the wrong pot can also compromise the health of your plant. Also, you’ll need to keep it watered as indoor environments can be very dry. I also think you need to cut the plant back a bit to rejuvenate it. Although it is a little late, I still thing ill give it a go and see how it works. so if you’re after the fullest plant, I would allow the new shoots to come on as well so you have more branching and leaves that will turn red in time for Christmas. I wish I could tell you what it is! The plants are approx 18 inches high. Usually, it’s the lower leaves that are sacrificed first. And, do you think I need to tie the bottom of the bag? Hi Brian. Although very frustrating, it’s still mysterious and reminds us we’re not in control. I’m inclined to say just keep doing what you’re doing–especially since you say new shoots are growing all over. If you think your plant has the right amount of water, though, there are some other possible causes. Paul, your poinsettia needs total darkness cycles. if i begin the dark cycles in october, would they still turn red by winter? But at this point you could keep the experiment going to find out, and then you can let us all know, or settle for what you have now. Zak, I love your story. (early, not sure when you started the dark light program?) Seriously I started talking to it to get it to respond but I think I will put it in an unused room and call all you who make it happen.. And I have success! Add a light amount of fertilizer in the spring and summer. I started in October with putting a big black thrash bag over my plants for 12 hours and giving them sun during the days. Maybe if you use that easy-to-remove painters tape. So should I keep the plant on the window where it’s sunniest indoors and just continue the regime when I return from holiday or keep it in the dark the whole time I’m away? The bracts will start to turn color in about four weeks, and continue if you carefully keep up the process. Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) need total darkness, for 14 hours each day, starting about eight weeks before you want to display them. Sustainable Living and Organic Gardening PBS Series, Plants need 14 hours of complete darkness each day to restore their holiday color. Let us know what happens as well over time. While an overhead florescent light should work, a sunny, south-facing widow would be ideal if you plan to have it live indoors all year. Please let us know and share more details about the environment where they’re planted. I have been going through all the comments and have learned a lot. That would seal off all potential light. Good luck! I think one of the best things about gardening is the aspect of discovery. Then, bring them back in, in the Fall, when the temps are 59 at night. Each was purchased at a different store a year apart. And the edges around few green ones are drying. Hi Laura. After New Year, I put them in a big bay window to die, as I am not good with plants, nor did I care to have such a responsibility. I have now placed pot on a bed of pebbles which has a small amount of water, not touching the bottom of the pot I hasten to add. Nothing says Christmas quite like the poinsettia. Good luck. Once springs comes, you should see recovery, especially once it warms up enough to put it back outside. I am stunned. Don’t think so Nancy. When you do, break up the roots so they’re not all tightly wound in a circular pattern and use a high-quality “potting soil” or “container mix” when you transfer the plant to the new pot. As for turning new leaves red again, following the guide in the article should do the trick. If possible, check the soil before buying. Congratulations on keeping your poinsettia alive. But if this is your only option you should def. Make sure it’s being potted up in good soil, and gets plenty of water but not to the point where the soil is saturated. You may also want to assess where you plant is located. How Are Mushrooms Grown They’re grown on compost made specifically for this purpose.This compost is made by mushroom producers from material such as hay, straw, corn cobs poultry and horse manure Or any combination […] A couple of years ago I was doing a Christmas job in a grocery store floral shop and, while unpacking 50 or so boxes (8 plants per box), I found one red one with white splotches. Can these plans be transplanted outside or is it too cold for them? Once it warms up where you live, prune back the broken leaves in early spring and let nature take its course. But you need to prune the top removing branches especially the small ones that will not receive light since they are hidden from other branches. Some of the new leaves are turning red (only half of the leaf), some times it seems the leaves are very light green so if we keep it in the box for a day they get a very nice dark green . OMGoodness! it lost most of it’s leaves during winter, i’ve cut it once probably around March. If you are looking for a pretty poinsettia for … I do not force any special light or darkness on them and they regularly drop their red leaves by June/July, making way for new bright green ones, and the new red fill in about October/November. But if there is too much ambient light throughout the night, it could impact your results. I haven’t seen any consequences to me leaving the plant covered in 48 hours until I returned to work on Mondays. Should I be concerned that if the plant turns red and I stop the 14/10 hour dark/light cycle, will it revert back to green? Pinched back in July. I’m afraid I don’t have a good suggestion for you by leaving it outside. Thanks for the nice words. If you use a green bag would that help instead of putting it in a dark room for x number of hours a day. As for hardiness, Zones 9-10 (USDA) is best for Poinsettias you want to leave outside all year. Site design by Hibiscus Creative. Although everything I’ve ready mentions “total darkness” moonlight has never come up. I wonder if they’ll adjust and behave for the holidays. I am so happy. Settings with bright, filtered sunlight, like an east or west-facing window or … Until then, keep in next to a sunny window and check soil moisture every few days and water lightly. I started the process on Sunday night (brought the plant inside the house as cardboard wasn’t viable) and this am about a dozen leaves have started showing red veins and darken in color. I DID BACK SEVERAL MONTHS AGO TRIMMED IT. It wouldn’t necessarily look that good, I realise, but I’m curious to see whether it would work at all, even if it means sacrificing a fully red poinsettia for a year. Since it is now almost November, is there any way I can get the foilage to turn red? I have it on my computer desk under fluorescent lights. Observe the display conditions. There should be no signs of wilting or drooping and no fallen or yellowed leaves. Also, the plant might be pot bound. Ro, Bring it out again in the morning. At this point, I don’t think you would have enough time to achieve red leaves before Christmas if you started providing the right combination of light and dark. I have had mine for 4 years and prune it in the spring back to mostly stems but can’t put it outdoors so keep it in a south facing window. I have waited until now – the end of May to consider pruning. This plant might just need a makeover above and below ground. Best of luck. My concern is that if you try, and then when it’s time to remove the tape, I think it’s very likely it will damage the leaves. never bloomed again but it sure grew big! If it lives thru this Christmas ,I will try doing what you are saying for next Christmas. Poinsettias come in a range of colors from white to orange, but are most popular in their red variety. But these are tropical plants and cannot survive cold temps Steve. Poinsettias are famous for their flower-like bracts that turn bright red in the winter time and earn them a place as an extremely popular Christmas plant. The leaves on Poinsettia plants turn yellow, curl and shrivel quickly do to warm temperatures and excessive moisture. You can keep it as a houseplant if you provide it sufficient light. Poinsettia leaves turning yellow can be caused by quite a few things, but the most likely source of the problem is water. Somehow I managed to keep my transplanted poinsettias alive for their second year. They are now over 8 ft high will they still turn color even with the large size? If you can do that with the bag, AND it doesn’t get too hot under cover, that could work. Most of the leaves are green with the exception of the topmost few which are smaller and red or white repectivly. When you don’t have optimum light and heating arrangements you sometimes just watch the thing and say, “grow or die, sucka!” Maybe next Christmas I’ll try the 14-10 method. But once it is, you’re good to go through and beyond the holidays. By dumb luck I’ve managed to keep a Christmas poinsettia alive for three years. I have a red poinsettia , which I bought in December 2014. After five days! Give it a try. As the disease progresses, spots turn brown and angular and can be confused with poinsettia scab. You will also learn a few ways to fix them. Nothing out of the ordinary, that is, until this year! I am really confused by this thing. I’m giving the 14/10 method a go this year. My hubby’s sister had one for several years, it. I’m going to try this 14/10 thing this year. We have been putting our pointsettia in light during the day for about 8 hours and in a box for the rest of the day/night. Do I continue with the no light treatment for more red? I’ve threatened everyone that has come near it. It’s now about 2 ft tall and 3 ft across with a dense crown of leaves. They were in partial sun all summer, but it was a very hot and humid summer here in the northeast. I have heard it pronounced by newscasters, private individuals, nurserymen…all differently. I’m going on holiday for just a week but am not sure if my poinsettia plant is going to be ok whilst I’m away? My question, if I keep repotting them, will they just get bigger? Here is a link about turning your poinsettias red again. Then make sure it gets plenty of bright light on Monday morning. I gave them a little bit of miracle grow about 1 1/2 weeks ago. I put my poinsettias outdoors, in the Spring, when the night temps are 59 degrees or warmer. Please tell me the correct pronunciation for Poinsettia. And, I’m still ‘misting’ the leaves as it’s still hot and windy here. My plant has been in full sun for all these years. I’ve read that a few places, but not in others. So it will get bright light for the required time then go off to resume the total darkness stage. I would especially pay close attention to the uncovered plants for the first signs of reversion or loss of redness back to green. I am very new to plants in general. Thanks for any advice you can provide. Thanks for the info on turning the leaves red again. But even so, I don’t think the leaves can stand up to that. At this point, forget the fertilizer, keep the soil barely moist and don’t worry if the leaves don’t look great for now. I had my own landscaping business in a former life and still do yards for friends/family and our condo complex; a block of green I get to toil in regularly. Well Jeanne, you get a gold star for being such a trooper. That was 4 years ago. Thanks for your advice, the update. Yay Paulette! I would leave it in bright light while you are away and resume the 14-10 rotation when you return. Yes, please do keep us posted. I have never been able to get a poinsettia to live past Jan-Feb until last year. If you don’t want to move your pot inside, I would use cardboard instead, However, you really need “total” darkness. I there an explanation as to why I have poinsettias turning red….on their own????? If I put my plants in the basement in windows will the moonlight impact them turning red? The knot weed at our complex is huge and in direct light. I’m SO impressed with myself, I’ve never managed this with a plant (except a spider plant but a toddler could grow those!). The plant needs time to reproduce new growth. Another reason to avoid direct sunlight is that it may become too hot for the plant. I’ve been keeping them watered (but not too much) and they’re already turning green! Unfortunately, it’s both. 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We’re all learning here and you could make a valuable contribution to what we don’t know…yet. It's easy to care for, and painless to dispose of after the parties are over. Will this prevent it from turning red. Is it safe to cut it back to about half its current size, leaving only a few stems with leaves? Odd question… I live in Michigan. I have a couple questions. I think in SF, the climate is just perfect, and plants here develop their own rhythms. However, starting in the evening, the plants must get complete darkness. It’s in a clay pot, that I think it’s time to get it a large pot. Best of luck. That’s a lot of growth if less than one year. I would place them outdoors in a container or in ground and keep an eye on them. How often do I need to fertilize? I didn’t cut stems. New growth should result from just below your cuts. This has being going on for at least 4 weeks or more. I bought 2 poinsettias at Christmas-time last year. Healthy poinsettias should have dark green foliage and brightly colored bracts (these are the modified red leaves which look like petals). After 5 years, my poinsettia is 3’x3’x3′ and currently red. I have three poinsettias: a 1 year old, a 2 year old, and a 3 year old. But here’s plenty of notice for next year. On my overnights away, do you think it best for me to leave the plant in total darkness (covered by the box) – maybe 48 hours – or is it best for me to leave the plan uncovered and start covering it again when I get home? Whether your poinsettia is parched or its roots are waterlogged, it’s going to respond with yellow, dropping leaves. JOE, I WANTED TO KNOW SINCE I CANT MOVE IT SOMEWHERE FOR TOTAL DARKNESS.IS PUTTING A BOX OVER IT CAN THAT HELP ME OUT HERE WITH SOME HOLES MABYE. If the branches are broken, then I would simply focus on keeping it alive and not putting it in the closet at night to force red leaves. Pruning stimulates new growth. I’m very curious to know how this works out so please get back to me on the outcome! I am not too great at pruning, the hours I work prevent me from doing the light dark routine. Here is the link for the information about your poinsettia. I have never had this question before and I’ve never tried. Am I understanding that I should prune it all the way back (in this case) to were there are no leaves left? I am covering poinsettia daily with cardboard box. My four year old poinsettia blooms all summer, brightening up the deck in Maine with small but very intensely red bracts. I’m not sure if I’ll try the 14 hours of darkness to try and get them red in time for Christmas. I am obviously doing something right, but I don’t want to destroy all my hard work, by cutting it back, which it should have done in march. My grandparents built there house in San Clemente CA back in 1951. It is now May and it has stayed red and healthy the whole time. Hope this information helps. It’s a perennial problem that I thought would have been conquered by today’s plant breeding techniques; however, this has not been achieved yet. I live in Upcountry Maui and the Poinsettias always seem to thrive here. give it a try and let us know how it works out. I have a white poinsettia and a red poinsettia and I’m wondering since the leaves are now beginning to fall off and I have had them since Christmas what do I do to keep them fresh do I plant them in a warm sunny place or do I put them in a bag and keep it in total darkness until next October. Is there any way to make leaves big? Otherwise, they’ll stay green. Works like a charm. Mine was the same way but now the red leaves have finally all fallen off. I know I could never keep it up for 8-10 weeks! I can’t explain why it didn’t work, but I love the fact that you tried and then took the time to share your experience with us! I can cover it at night when I leave the office but obviously, I’m not here to cover it at the weekend. The plants need 14 hours of darkness per 24 hour day. Thank you for your help! I got him/her 5 years ago when someone gave it to me for Christmas. Good luck and let us know how it worked for you. Hi everyone rather than bring them indoors from the porch (where they make a lovely splash of bright green) can I just cover them at night with a blanket? The only other thing I can suggest, and you’re likely already doing this, is to make sure they are getting plenty of darkness through the night time. Susan, This may be a dumb question but how long to you keep up the black out cycle? Celebrate your success or good fortune, and know that many people reading this will be jealous! It’s called ramification, and each time you ramify, in theory the leaves should reduce to about half their previous size (In theory). The leaves are wilted and limp. You’re at the point where it’s getting too late to enjoy the full benefits of an all-red poinsettia. I TRYED DOING THIS ONE OTHER TIME AND IT DID THE SAME THING WHAT AM I DOING WRONT??? If you poinsettia can’t be attended daily But I plan to keep going until the end if December. Your poinsettia with yellow leaves could be caused by a mineral deficiency – a lack of magnesium or molybdenum could turn leaves yellow. Living in Florida is too late to trim these? I don’t care if the plants turn red; I really want them to thrive until I can put them outside again next Spring….Thanks for any tips.. This is why I persuaded my husband to build a special box that I could hang grow lights from and cover the top of the box so that it is in complete darkness when the light is off. I’ve not heard of this happening like this so quickly Heidi. I doubt you could find a place that is “too” sunny from inside. Will leave it outside now, still watering it in hopes something will happen. Put in dark closet, inside bathroom w no windows etc. Temperature. If it were me, I would conduct an experiment at this point. I honestly don’t know Joe if that little light is making the difference. I would love to keep it outside but the weather has been very cold here even in south Louisiana. . I live in Honolulu and have kept my poinsettia in the same pot on my lanai since Christmas. Thanks. I think that the closet is dark, but it’s possible that a little light gets in there under the door. Havertown, PA. Hmmm, sounds like you’re on the right track. I’m thinking you’ll get red, just won’t know how much. very workable solution worth sharing with others looking for ways to get their poinsettias to rebloom. Indigenous to Central America, it was described as a new species in 1834. My question: I have to be away overnight occasionally over the next few weeks and will not be able to cover or uncover the plant while away. I remember doing experiments with plant leaves along these lines in school – not sure if it would work in this case though. Shane, Then try again with the leaf turning process next fall. I would leave the plant uncovered and start again when you return from your trip. I think this should do it but I’d love to hear back from you on how it goes. Keeping an office plant at the office over the weekend in hopes of it turning red again can be a challenge. Also, make sure you are fertilizing it, especially if it’s still in a pot. The plant is rather large and seems very healthy, losing a few leaves now and then just as it has done all year. Hi, can you please tell me the best way to get my golden poinsettia tree back to life. For the first time I’ve had a poinsettia live through the winter, it’s usually too dry and dark in the house to keep them happy through a New England winter. I hope I don’t kill them…. Still very healthy. The leaves will die when they are exposed to cold and they can't be revived. What should I do? Come next October, start the whole process over again! . I am so excited! Idon’t need the whole plant to go red, just the tops…?? Let me do this again. I water them only when quite dry. You can prevent the likelihood of root rot by always using new, sterile potting soil. Yes, Edith. There are about 20 stems on this plant and they are all very leafy and healthy, but only ONE red leaf per stem. By the same token, over fertilization can burn the leaves, yellowing them as well. My first choice at this point is to leave it alone (but keep doing what you’re doing) if you are keeping it indoors. About half of the small stems connecting leaves to the branches have turned red, but that’s it- no red on the leaves at all. We have been light monitoring our poinsettia, from last year about, for five weeks (we should have started sooner, but we are newbies to reblooming, and are none-the-less very excited for the success we are seeing). I just keep it where it is and watered normally and gave it fertilizer in late August. Good luck Chris. Good luck. I suspect more will start to turn, especially since your plant is still very leafy and healthy. Remove it from its existing pot and check the roots. Restoring a healthy green Poinsettia plant from last year back to its original red color is no problem if you follow a few simple rules. I can’t wait to see how they make the transition inside. I have three pointsettia plants on a table facing complete sun during the day. It’s still a pretty plant even with green leaves but not so much with a few stems and a couple leaves. I used Siri to dictate my message and unfortunately I did not proofread it before hitting the send button. So Melvin, is this the first year in the containers? My plant is inside an office where the only light it gets are the lights from the office. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who is credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s. I have 10 poinsettias planted in front of my house. I would love it if you did this and reported back on your findings. Is it too late to cut back to 6 ins to encourage a much fuller plant or just wait til July and just pinch out the new shoots. Also, it needs to be in mostly shade for the first week or so as it adapts to being removed from it’s in-ground location and losing roots. Good luck. One red and the other white. As for light, the plant needs light each day as well as total darkness too. Or do I need to bring it out each day? They revert to green when they are exposed to light. The challenge is to make the poinsettia bracts turn red again for the second Christmas in a row! Thanks! I would wait until February or early March to cut it back. is this normal? Nothing rivals the Poinsettia as a festive Holiday flower. But you could safely cut it back about 1/3 or 1/2 after the risk of frost is gone this spring when you move it outside during the warm months. DO I STILL HAVE TO COVER IT FOR 12 HOURS OR WILL IT TURN RED BY ITSELF. Happy gardening! *whispers* I even accidentally for got to cover it on 2 occasions in the 1st and 2nd week so my plant still forgave me! Any thoughts? Mine is starting to turn red so I will a beautiful red plant for Valentine’s day! When we sold the house in 2003, the base of the plant was 11″ in diameter and it was 6 feet tall. Root rot could also be the cause. It would be a valuable lesson for us all. It starts to turn red in December and will stay red until May/June. The window is pretty cold in the winter and they virtually bake in it in the summer. In about eight weeks, the bracts should all be red, if you’ve followed the above guidelines. Why do poinsettias turn yellow? I hope this helps. Thank you. We have nice color forming on the new leaves. IM REALLY EXCITED TO SEE IT TURN RED AGAIN .EVERY BODY IN MY OFFICE IS DOUBTING ME BUT I KNOW MY BABY HAS IT IN HER. The research I’ve done shows that I need to keep it moist and do the 14-10 that you guys have been doing as well. c/o The Joe Gardener Company My question is – can I leave it in the dark for 48 hours (over the weekend?)

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