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But what you did is so much more interesting. Can I still put them in a closet? Here is the link for the information about your poinsettia. This is such a wonderful option for those of us who hate to throw away healthy plants only because they won’t “rebloom.”. Is that what’s keeping the change from happening, or do I just need to wait longer? You have discovered one of the fundamental basics of growing a Bonsai tree! JOE, 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. They are both now 3-4′ high. OMGoodness! But August is too early if you’re wanting red leaves for the holidays Kristan. I have never given it any special hours in light or 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 a pointsett that still has red leaves. Also if I plant such a large plant in the ground, will it make it throught the winters or will it die? This is the first time I tried “recycling” a Christmas poinsettia. I’m thinking you’ll get red, just won’t know how much. I planted my poinsettia in a big pot on my veranda and it turned green.. the pot is too big to take inside to let it have total darkness in order for it to turn red. My experience is that once the leaves have turned red, you can put them out in full light. Anyway, I am going to try to get it to bloom red for this Christmas. Good luck! Bought a new pot and brought it back into the office where it sits on a windowsill, and it has gone bananas! I gave them a little bit of miracle grow about 1 1/2 weeks ago. I’m sure your poinsettia would prefer that anyway! Hi, I was wondering if the leaves turn dark green or light green before turning red. When you say “bloom” I assume you are talking about turning the leaves red. I’m sure the environment may have changed drastically from the nursery so the plants may be trying to figure our their new environment. Thank You, Ive researched and failed ..its now 2 months of 5pm to 8am total darkness..and bright flourescent lights or the sunny windows ..theres no peak thru light when I put the plant to sleep..I made a cover that fits in the cracks in the doors of a cabinet we are only using for this plant and here we are with dark , very dark in fact , green leaves and only a hint of red speckles in the stems..So my family laughs and says MOM YOU CAN BUY ONE FOR $8.00!! Thanks, Any advice? If you can do that with the bag, AND it doesn’t get too hot under cover, that could work. 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I’m not sure where you live but I think you will have time if you prune your poinsettias now. Otherwise, they’ll stay green. My question is – can I leave it in the dark for 48 hours (over the weekend?) I put them outside in the spring and forget about them until fall. I’m looking forward to this challenge (and bragging rights!). 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. Hi, can you please tell me the best way to get my golden poinsettia tree back to life. I see the stems are turning more red but I’ve noticed the more leafs are falling then usual. Good luck. Alpharetta, GA 30004. Since you are recommending that a poinsettia can be put in the ground, which US zone does the poinsettia grow best in? Thanks Joe! I re-potted it in spring and fertilized it once. This my first year using this method and I set the timer so that the light would be on for 9 hours and was careful to only check on the plants when the light was on. Lastly, after you’ve reviewed the previous issues, add some liquid fertilizer at half strength, and do so every 2 weeks. I want to know at this point is that, if there are already red leaves formed, can I still continue with the 14/10 light.. Will more leaves continue to turn red. with a lamp w bright bulb on a timer Several barely survived the pressure washing company’s strong chemicals. It’s still a pretty plant even with green leaves but not so much with a few stems and a couple leaves. I now baby them. Hi. I remember doing experiments with plant leaves along these lines in school – not sure if it would work in this case though. The cardboard breathes, and the plant wont overheat. Nutrients are depleted a little more with every watering. It would be a valuable lesson for us all. Hi Joe, Check with your local cooperative extension service for more information. Happy gardening. These plants are thriving and are beautiful. As long as moisture remains in the saucer, you should be fine. I am in Jamaica and have two poinsettias I bought last year. I knew nothing about them other than that they were pretty and cheap. Living in hot, dry Southern California, not only do I soak the soil almost daily but lightly mist the leaves especially when temps soar to 95+ (I don’t think any plant can take that much direct sun/heat and survive without some add’l TLC). Celebrate the fact that your plant is growing tremendously. Then you can plant outside or keep in a pot and bring it back in next fall. Cutting or pruning is a great way to stimulate new growth and invigorate your plant. I would love to see the comparison if you kept only one covered going forward to continue the experiment vs. one that you now just leave alone. I would leave the plant uncovered and start again when you return from your trip. 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? I’m very curious to know how this works out so please get back to me on the outcome! Good luck Amy. And the edges around few green ones are drying. Hi my name is brittany and i have a poinseta i got him December 2012 he is now 3 years old i had to repot him 3 different times in the last 3 years he has a tree root and early 2013 he died completely but i brought him back from the dead now hes 3 years old and still growing and living i never gave up on him. But once it is, you’re good to go through and beyond the holidays. I’m inclined to say just keep doing what you’re doing–especially since you say new shoots are growing all over. I live in Orange County, California, so I’m assuming that’s why they have done this well with little attention. There are new shoots of the plants growing and the new leaves are all green. And please let us know how this worked out. Thanks. How to Make a Poinsettia's Leaves Turn Red Pruning a Poinsettia. Good luck. During the day, the plants need bright light, along with the other routine care. Hey Alex. And 4 weeks just isn’t enough time to see the results. Would be interesting to know. I am so excited! They can be stunning when they’re healthy, but a poinsettia with yellow leaves is both unhealthy and decidedly not festive. I would love it if you would find a way to block the light and keep the experiment going. Yes. I just put it in the garage after Christmas and and moved it outside in the spring–still in the same pot. May the light green is better and its not getting enough light? I started in October with putting a big black thrash bag over my plants for 12 hours and giving them sun during the days. Works like a charm. Seriously…how can this be? Hi, I have a three year old poinsettia that has never been trimmed, puned, or pinched. and how important is it to keep the plant in 65 degrees starting september? The plant needs time to reproduce new growth. Water and medium shade (and keep out of direct afternoon sun) are key until it recovers over a week to 10 days at least. plz do let me know.. I had a tiny one last Christmas in the office and eventually all the leaves dropped off. DO I STILL HAVE TO COVER IT FOR 12 HOURS OR WILL IT TURN RED BY ITSELF. Thanks for your help. I did none so far and it is looking like a little tree now, with no leaves on the bottom ten inches or so of stalks. i noticed a small increase in leaf size. If you poinsettia can’t be attended daily My coworker says he does nothing to his poinsettia and it’s turned red each of the last 3 Christmases. The poinsettia is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. Growing a Greener World I wouldn’t try to force any changes there. So the downside is, you’ll be taking your plant home with you on the weekends. But I plan to keep going until the end if December. Add a light amount of fertilizer in the spring and summer. Mary Ellen Fattori (early, not sure when you started the dark light program?) Eventually the roots become so tightly encircled that they lose their ability to take up water and nutrients and the plant eventually begins to decline. I’ll list a few that come to mind in no particular order. Should I move it to a warmer room and should I cut the limp leaves off or ?? Can’t wait to see if I can get it to turn red for xmas. hi..i have started to put the plant in closet..but yesterday forget to put it..will this affect the process?. The pot is outside so i was thinking of a black trash bag. Even a little light can affect the desired outcome. Yes, you should cut it back to a height of 4 to 6.” https://www.growingagreenerworld.com/restoring-a-poinsettia-to-its-christmas-color/ . Will leave it outside now, still watering it in hopes something will happen. Ideally spring is the best time to do this but when it has adequate exposure to sunlight. I planted my December 2015 poinsettia in a large pot and it has grown and done well this year. Susan, Dropping the temperature to about 60 F at night will not hurt the plant. 1) My poinsettia leaves are a half of original one( I replanted the one I bought last year). Keeping an office plant at the office over the weekend in hopes of it turning red again can be a challenge. It’s now about 2 ft tall and 3 ft across with a dense crown of leaves. The stones will help elevate the pot so it’s not soaking in the water, and the water in the stones will provide the humid environment around your plants. It is too late to turn them red for this Christmas if that’s your hope Crystal. Poinsettia infestation is usually present when you purchase the plant, so the most important thing is to examine the plant closely before you purchase and bring it home. Thank you. Be sure to give it plenty of water if you repot it. All the posts I’ve found are for people who can’t get theirs to bloom. I wish I could tell you what it is! Thanks Paul and I’m rooting for you! I started covering the poinsettia with a thick black garbage bag inside the closet. 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. I wonder if they’ll adjust and behave for the holidays. If it were me and you’re going for red leaves, I’d put the plant in a box before you leave work for the weekend to make sure it has total darkness. In order to best diagnose the problem, look at the roots. I bought 2 poinsettias at Christmas-time last year. By Joe Lamp'l. Or should I continue covering them for 3 more weeks? But make sure it has enough sun too. 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. it will cook your plant. I doubt you could find a place that is “too” sunny from inside. Maybe if you use that easy-to-remove painters tape. It sounds like you did everything right. Is it too close to a heat vent? When you’re dealing with a poinsettia with yellow leaves, over or under watering are the most likely culprits simply because they’re so easy to get wrong. Jewelle, Sustainable Living and Organic Gardening PBS Series, Plants need 14 hours of complete darkness each day to restore their holiday color. I would wait a bit either way and let the plants acclimate to their new environment first. It reinforces how amazing and resilient plants are. Happy gardening! In order for the poinsettia bracts (leaves) to turn red again, the plant must be kept in complete darkness for 12-15 hours from the end of September until color shows in the bracts in early to mid-December. I could take it home of course. Yes, you could buy a plant for a few bucks and have all the red you want. Perhaps a reader will offer suggestions on how to make this happen. I think you’re doing all the right things. Best of luck! Ever since I went to visit a friend in an old, really old apartment building and saw a giant poinsettia tree in the lobby looking all striking and weird, I’ve wanted to have my own weirdness. You can then replant in the garden in a sunny spot. Mrs Beatrice Petty, Urmston, Manchester . 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. And I have success! Any light leaks can break the cycle and your efforts to turn leaves red can fail. Thank you. I have never had this question before and I’ve never tried. 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. I think in SF, the climate is just perfect, and plants here develop their own rhythms. It's the perfect decoration for office parties and family gatherings alike. Your temps are on the cool side but not too cool I think. 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. My plant has been in full sun for all these years. 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.. I’m going to try this 14/10 thing this year. If you do as I suggest, then pruning out new shoots in July would be ok, but keep in mind the red leaves you are after are just that, leaves. By the same token, over fertilization can burn the leaves, yellowing them as well. From what im reading in this article, this is OK? You may also want to assess where you plant is located. Losing leaves could be because of too much water or not enough. But even so, I don’t think the leaves can stand up to that. I didn’t know I should trim them and last year they both came into full color. Cheers! Thanks for the nice words. Here it is 10 months later and my poinsettia is healthy green and vibrant. Although it needs total darkness for hours a day, it also needs to compensate for that with strong light during the day. (Many have been red for a week or two; others are their usual color.) HEY JOE , Another possibility is that it is getting too much dry heat from the location in the house. 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.. Next year I will pay put the box, in a warmer area and fertilize more frequently and will hopefully have better results! Best of luck. We’re all learning here and you could make a valuable contribution to what we don’t know…yet. 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? I don’t know if moonlight will hinder your plants from turning red. To reiterate, I have not been putting the plant in the closet or anything for 6-7 weeks, and now some leaves are changing. Kerry, Is it unusual for the white bracts to be still in place – only one or two of the leaves have dropped to date. 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. Good luck. My poinsettia got too cold because I walked across the street with it in 20 degree weather. Half the leaves are red and it’s starting to sprawl a bit. It may be all red by Valentines Day and that’d be great. Not only has it still got red flowers , the leaves have also not dropped. I got this plant from my mom, It is real healthy and is all green. I would place them outdoors in a container or in ground and keep an eye on them. But that’s one of the mysteries of gardening I love so much. As for the silver bugs (“bus”), if they aren’t causing any damage, don’t worry about them either. You’ll need to keep it indoors in a sunny spot until after the risk of frost has passed for your area. I there an explanation as to why I have poinsettias turning red….on their own????? It starts to turn red in December and will stay red until May/June. Remove it from its existing pot and check the roots. I am not too great at pruning, the hours I work prevent me from doing the light dark routine. Keep reading to learn what might lead to a poinsettia getting yellow leaves and how to treat yellow leaves on poinsettia plants. Hi I love poinsettias! Days are getting longer and you can’t give it the environment it needs to change outside. I have 10 poinsettias planted in front of my house. My hubby’s sister had one for several years, it. I am really confused by this thing. He always manages to get it to bloom for Christmas to even though it is rather willowy and about 5 feet high and across. Should I prune it, repot it, spray it with something to get rid of the white stuff? I honestly don’t know Joe if that little light is making the difference. I’m SO impressed with myself, I’ve never managed this with a plant (except a spider plant but a toddler could grow those!). 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. https://www.growingagreenerworld.com/turning-poinsettias-red-again/. David, it may be time for potting up your plant. I have 2 pointsettias, received at the holiday time, they were small $5 kind. And, I’m still ‘misting’ the leaves as it’s still hot and windy here. Hi Linda. Hi Joe – really useful, clear advice, thanks! I got a huge poinsettia from my neighbor, the question I have is if I kept it in the house all year would it continue to grow? Root rot could also be the cause. 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. I was wondering how are some people able to keep their poinsettias red even after winter? I have procrastinated on learning how to get the leaves red again, and bummed that they won’t be red for christmas. As for total hours, I think the 15 or 16 hours isn’t as critical as total darkness is, but the closer you can get to 14 hours the better. If so, even with ample water, they won’t be able to take up water. I never have a problem getting poinsettias to turn red again and I don’t do anything to it (as far as putting it in the closet). But sometimes they don’t, so that’s where the intervention comes in by trying to simulate ideal conditions. Thanks. Hope this information helps. Hi, ran across the thread; good info. Unfortunately I had to be away for conferences and meetings 4 times and so the treatment was not consistent. Eventually the leaves will start to drop off. My fear is that at this point, your plant may drop most of its leaves, which is not what you want. Also, once they’re fully red, can you break the cycle? However, it’s the end of October first of November and some are very leggy. 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. I hope this helps. Any thoughts? They are inside in a very bright room out of direct sunlight. Poinsettia leaves curl because of the incorrect amounts of water, light, and fertilizer. Is this normal? from the old leaves there’s only one left now, all the rest is new leaves that are dense but small in size. I moved her back to a corner spot in my living room as it was too sunny & I thought that’s why it was wilting, she seems to be losing the leafs again also! I have never been to a website where there were so many thorough answers!!! My plant is inside an office where the only light it gets are the lights from the office. Thanks for sharing this tip with us. Joe, I planted several poinsettas in 100 gallon pots on the back patio. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Mine was the same way but now the red leaves have finally all fallen off. Why do poinsettias turn yellow? The green bag will block the green light waves and would make the plant turn red to try and find other light waves to use (is what I am thinking). I also think you need to cut the plant back a bit to rejuvenate it. I have been going through all the comments and have learned a lot. 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. 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. 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. You can also keep your plant the same way it is as a small tree. In November, one plant started turning red. No direct sunlight. But if there is too much ambient light throughout the night, it could impact your results. Should I stop and give my plants time to readjust and expand their leaves? I have repotted it and new shoots are growing all over. It’s in a clay pot, that I think it’s time to get it a large pot. Now however I have two to three ft plants with almost a barky type stem and few leaves. To make them turn red, you need to restrain exposure to light. Otherwise, you can try removing them by hand. I thought the red would start showing in about 4 weeks, not 3 days! https://www.growingagreenerworld.com/turning-poinsettias-red-again/ this link may help. Each was purchased at a different store a year apart. Sign up for our newsletter or blog, and updates on new episodes, videos and more! I followed Joe’s article and got red leaves last year by Christmas. Give it a try. Maybe your plant isn’t getting 14 hours of TOTAL darkness. I live in Honolulu and have kept my poinsettia in the same pot on my lanai since Christmas. 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. Help! But if this is your only option you should def. Wow, this thing is bright bright red and rocking! Also, make sure you are fertilizing it, especially if it’s still in a pot. Once this occurs, cut the stems back to four to six inches. I’m not sure if I’ll try the 14 hours of darkness to try and get them red in time for Christmas. i wanted bigger leaves so i’ve added miracle-gro indoor plant food spikes ( 6% nitrogen and 12% phosphate). I have three pointsettia plants on a table facing complete sun during the day. I was going out of town for the holidays, so I didn’t complete the eighth week, sorry! But I don’t know for sure. Let me look into this and see if I can offer any more information on this today. The holes which would allow light in won’t allow that to happen. They will fall off on their own if they’re no longer productive to the plant. The poinsettia plant is native to Central […] The leaves are wilted and limp. Or should I just leave it as is? I open the windows when home and when winter kicks in, I open the windows more to expose it to cold air; thinking that helps. I have not been watering them until i felt that the soil was dry. yes Betty. This is mostly happening to the topmost leaves but on a couple plants it goes down further. Then try again with the leaf turning process next fall. The leaves on Poinsettia plants turn yellow, curl and shrivel quickly do to warm temperatures and excessive moisture. I am very new to plants in general. I have a couple questions. If the roots appear healthy, the poinsettia is probably not getting enough water and/or light. Poinsettias can turn yellow for various reasons. If it were me, I would conduct an experiment at this point. And you may never need to prune them if you’re happy with the size and shape. I am beginning to get worried for the plant as the bags are starting to cause the leaves on the plant to grow impacted. Depending on where you have the plant (planted outside, or in a pot indoors), will determine how you approach this process. Copyright 2020 The Joe Gardener Company, All Rights Reserved. Good luck! How important is humidity during the dark process? It’s important to pinpoint the possible cause in the event that your poinsettia plant leaves are falling off, as in some cases, this can be easily fixed. Although poinsettias like it warm, being wrapped in plastic outdoors, even in cool climates can kill your plant. Good luck! Then, if the cause of stress isn’t corrected, the leaf drop will gradually progress up the plant until it appears nearly naked, with only the colored bracts and a few green leaves on the top. Pick a slightly bigger pot, tease out the roots to break up any circular pattern, and freshen up the soil. Temperature. However, a diluted dose of liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks wouldn’t hurt for overall health, but don’t do it to try and boost the leaf size. And it still needs light. You will also learn a few ways to fix them. Thanks in advance. Wow Denise. Let me do this again. Hi Carol. New growth should result from just below your cuts. Unlike a maple tree for example, Poinsettias need the darkness in order for the leaves to turn. Nothing rivals the Poinsettia as a festive Holiday flower. The bracts on the poinsettia plant need a little help to return to their original red color year after year. Is there any way to halt or slow the process or is it now too late for this season? Thank you. I’d try it Jennifer. I TRYED DOING THIS ONE OTHER TIME AND IT DID THE SAME THING WHAT AM I DOING WRONT??? If you use a green bag would that help instead of putting it in a dark room for x number of hours a day. Follow Joe on Twitter. AS A GIFT I RECIEVED A BIG PIONSETTAS PLANT BEAUTIFUL! I never trimed it and I didn’t know you could plant it out side. Best of luck. If you are digging up from the ground, I’d repot after summer and with enough time before you bring it back inside, so that it has time to acclimate to its new home in a pot. Is there any way to make leaves big? That’s your biggest risk of leaving them outdoors at night. So I hope you will try this and let us know what you learn. I have 3 poinsettias in my office from last Christmas season. Once the plant is settled in, and while it’s still warm, you could cut them back to promote a smaller or fuller plant. Water when the plant becomes dry. We are enjoying them and I have been posting pictures on Instagram and on facebook for my friends and family. I am covering poinsettia daily with cardboard box. Don’t feel bad if it’s a bigger undertaking than you have time for. very workable solution worth sharing with others looking for ways to get their poinsettias to rebloom. Decreased Daylight. 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). We have nice color forming on the new leaves. We are now getting our second — and in some cases, third sets — of colored leaves. Off camera, Joe dedicates his time to promoting sustainability through his popular books, blog, podcast series, and nationally syndicated newspaper columns. Best of luck. My leaves are turning a light green color. Here is a link about turning your poinsettias red again. I just keep it where it is and watered normally and gave it fertilizer in late August. I was gone a month, and when I got back, the person taking care of our plants and cat hadn’t watered as much as I had been watering, and it had lost some leaves. 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! I gave up. Odd question… I live in Michigan. Select those branches that will go around to form into a rounded tree. Congratulations on keeping your poinsettia alive. What must I do to grow leaves without interrupting the bloom? I just kept watering it. That’s a lot of growth if less than one year. , I am based in north lincolnshire in uk. I will try it as soon as I pick up an extra timer. For instance, Pink Knotweed , they say, doesn’t like direct sun light. I don’t need a response. 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. The plant has really grown large so I’m afraid if I cover it too tightly I may damage leaves and/or break branches. I don’t know where you live but poinsettias are tropical and won’t survive a frosty night. Yes, please do keep us posted. 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! Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) need total darkness, for 14 hours each day, starting about eight weeks before you want to display them. I have heard it pronounced by newscasters, private individuals, nurserymen…all differently. Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) need total darkness, for 14 hours each day, starting about eight weeks before you want to display them. It’s cute, though! Joe, I’ve been covering my plant for about 3 weeks now. Since you said it’s about 10″ below without leaves, I would suggest leaving about a dozen nicely shaped branches or more with approximately the same length removing every little ones that comes out. I water them only when quite dry. As for turning new leaves red again, following the guide in the article should do the trick. Can I use a winter shrub cover to make my poinsettia bloom? Put in dark closet, inside bathroom w no windows etc. I’m assuming it’s not drastically different from non-dark. You can keep it as a houseplant if you provide it sufficient light. is this normal? And, to ensure light doesn’t accidentally get it, hubby has offered to make some stakes to keep the cardboard in place (we live in a canyon with winds and critters). How to get bicolor leaves . I am baffled! They were in partial sun all summer, but it was a very hot and humid summer here in the northeast. Fuzail, I didn’t pay much attention, but a few weeks later the plant now has many fewer leaves but four of the sets of leaves nearest the window have turned red! 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? I am stunned. I think that the closet is dark, but it’s possible that a little light gets in there under the door. 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. In about eight weeks, the bracts should all be red, if you’ve followed the above guidelines. I live in Upcountry Maui and the Poinsettias always seem to thrive here. While you might be successful, the only way to really give your plant the best chance of turning red again is to bring it home with you. So are yellow leaves on poinsettia caused by too much or too little water? Usually, it’s the lower leaves that are sacrificed first. I have never been able to get a poinsettia to live past Jan-Feb until last year. I have tried to force poinsettias red, in the past. Pretty green leaves now. Help! If the bracts aren’t needed or a burden they’ll drop off on their own. This pruning or shaping of your tree should start around May by cutting the whole top of your tree down to your 10″ leave-less trunk, unless you can already see some nice branches that are good to form into a nice tree. I have kept it near a glass window which gets 2-3 hrs sunlight daily. Q I have a large poinsettia with plenty of fresh green leaves. I have the plant at my work. Eventually, the green leaves fall, too. It has been kept wrapped too long. Please tell me the correct pronunciation for Poinsettia. The plant is rather large and seems very healthy, losing a few leaves now and then just as it has done all year. Am I understanding that I should prune it all the way back (in this case) to were there are no leaves left? . I think that the plant may be getting less water (my wife has watered it perhaps weekly since I gave up on it in frustration) but anyway, something other than the darkness is making the difference. What am I doing wrong? If I remember to. Pinched back in July. The brown margins on the leaves are from dryness of soil or fertilizer burn. I tried putting some used coffee grounds on it and then realized – chocolate flavored coffee grounds make your house smell like chocolate for a week. Ro, I cost you 10 days already! Somehow I managed to keep my transplanted poinsettias alive for their second year. I’ve read most of the comments; but my question is when is the best time of year to repot a poinsettia? The knot weed at our complex is huge and in direct light. Is it too late to do any of this to be ready to turn green by Christmas? I suspect more will start to turn, especially since your plant is still very leafy and healthy. I have a red poinsettia , which I bought in December 2014. LORI, DID EVERYTHING WORK OUT????? How do I get its leaves to turn red for Christmas? Then make sure it gets plenty of bright light on Monday morning. Adding too much and the result is fertilizer burn. This article is mega useful as I was wondering how on earth I was going to turn my poinsettia red again. In all, I put it in the closet every night for about seven weeks without seeing a leaf change at all- only the stems turned red. I have it on my computer desk under fluorescent lights. I water it every 4-6 days. But it is not cold-hardy for Tennessee. My question is , is it to late to turn it’s leaves red? Just waiting to put in the dark. Yes, this will be more than is advised, but my hunch is that this will be ok for 2 days per week. 2 Questions: What is the best thing to use for its 14 hour ‘blackness” period? 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. How often do I need to fertilize? Thought I’d killed it but eventually it started sprouting again. th. Sounds like you have the perfect house plants. Still very healthy. I was wondering re the chlorophyll deprivation that makes the leaves go red… do you think it would be possible to put black tape ‘stripes’ on the leaves and have them go partially red and remain partially green? I think SF’s micro climates has a huge impact on plants. Also, you’ll need to keep it watered as indoor environments can be very dry. I know I’m very late, but one could duct tape all the seams of a cardboard box to seal light out. Healthy poinsettias should have dark green foliage and brightly colored bracts (these are the modified red leaves which look like petals). Happy Thanksgiving! 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. Sorry for all the errors! Thank you for the advice!! EXPERTS. Thank you for all of your wonderful work and advice. Come next October, start the whole process over again! If you think your plant has the right amount of water, though, there are some other possible causes. It is fine to cut back some of the stems Jamie. The most important thing when trying to to turn your poinsettias red again is the darkness. never bloomed again but it sure grew big! Do I continue with the no light treatment for more red? It is now May and it has stayed red and healthy the whole time. Thank you!! Not sure if this is better or worse. I’m afraid I don’t have a good suggestion for you by leaving it outside. That was 4 years ago. They keep their blooms nearly all year long. Once springs comes, you should see recovery, especially once it warms up enough to put it back outside. (When it comes to gardening, I have a “brown” thumb, but I’m trying to learn. Please keep us posted. It should put on plenty of new growth once it warms up. What should I do? Thanks! Hi Joe, I’m a very new to the plant world. Environmental factors such as warm, dry conditions are most often the reason for leaf drop. Hi Kimberly. But these are tropical plants and cannot survive cold temps Steve. I would love it if you did this and reported back on your findings. The weekend conundrum with your plant being at work will disrupt the light / dark cycle. 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. 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. Catherine, https://www.growingagreenerworld.com/restoring-a-poinsettia-to-its-christmas-color/, https://www.growingagreenerworld.com/turning-poinsettias-red-again/. Just the lights from the office don’t compensate for that. I live in eastern Tennessee. Best of luck. Eventually nothing is left to feed the plant until you add it back with fertilizer. I’ll let you decide that. As soon as you’ve made the decision to rescue your leftover poinsettia, relocate it to a well-lit spot inside your home. Yay Paulette! Poinsettias give off a toxic gas called ethylene. I don’t want to kill it, as it was given to me by a friend who died shortly after and it has sentimental value to it. It’s transplant shock. Is this normal? Poinsettias need exposure to bright but indirect light each day. You are a person after my own heart. Here is a link about turning your poinsettias red again. No air and high heat is not good for your poinsettia. G. I have been putting my potted poinsettia in a closet every night without fail for a month. Although everything I’ve ready mentions “total darkness” moonlight has never come up. I didn’t know I was suppose to cut it back. I bought a few poinsettias five days ago. When we sold the house in 2003, the base of the plant was 11″ in diameter and it was 6 feet tall. I used Siri to dictate my message and unfortunately I did not proofread it before hitting the send button. Not sure about bicolor but follow these directions Are they tightly wound in a circular pattern? I’d think that smaller leaves would look more elegant myself. Most of the leaves are green with the exception of the topmost few which are smaller and red or white repectivly. Now, the other two are turning red. During the spring and summer you can keep it outside after the fear of frost has passed and temperatures at night are 50 degrees or warmer. By dumb luck I’ve managed to keep a Christmas poinsettia alive for three years. FALL. 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. This can result in leaves gradually turning yellow before falling off. As for light, the plant needs light each day as well as total darkness too. Too much work, they are cheap enough to buy new ones during the Holidays. If you think you have root rot, apply fungicide. Hi Chris. If you have a closet and can block off light from getting in at the top, sides or bottom this should probably work. These plants are in the same location every year when I bring them in. John. Site design by Hibiscus Creative. What if I just leave it in the closet for a while? I’ve always found that in order to increase leaf size, you need to place it in a spot where it gets slightly less sun than it needs. I’m afraid you are pushing the limits here beyond a successful effort to turn leaves red. Is it safe to cut it back to about half its current size, leaving only a few stems with leaves? Your plants seem quite happy indoors. Good luck Chris. I would not break the light / dark cycle until it’s fully red. Thanks for any help or advice you can give. All I do is water it and feed it normal plant food. And, do you think I need to tie the bottom of the bag? Please let us know and share more details about the environment where they’re planted. 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. I’ve not heard of this happening like this so quickly Heidi. Poinsettias grow naturally in places like Mexico and Guatemala. The planted a poinsettia they brought from Hawaii. Any ideas/tips?! They are still very well alive and have shed most of their colored leaves, with the white one having the most remaining. I hope I don’t kill them…. I have waited until now – the end of May to consider pruning. Repotting your poinsettia plant may also help. It is the perfect opportunity to observe the direct impact your efforts will have by going forward with just the one. If so, we should be finding out soon enough. It could be a number of things. Found your suggestions and tried to follow this them year. Assuming this is not practical, do all you can during the week and lets see how this turns out. it lost most of it’s leaves during winter, i’ve cut it once probably around March. Don’t worry about the limp leaves. I did not prune them throughout the year because I did not anticipate leaving them in all year, but by September, the plants were huge (about 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall). Thanks for any advice you can provide. I did all you said in the above notes & she was doing great,. I’m keeping it in a room that stays around 45 to 55 degrees. But I wouldn’t worry about pruning them yet. I’m a newbie to caring for and reblooming poinsettias. 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. You should always keep the soil in your poinsettia’s pot moist. Good luck. Very leggy plants tell me it needs more light. Choose a healthy-looking plant. I’ve been keeping them watered (but not too much) and they’re already turning green! Whether your poinsettia is parched or its roots are waterlogged, it’s going to respond with yellow, dropping leaves. I PUT MY POINTSETTA OUTSIDE IN THE SUMMER ( I LIVE IN ILLINOIS) IT GREW BIG AND BEAUTIFUL BUT WHEN I DUG IT UP IT WILTED AND LOOKS TERRIBLE! However, starting in the evening, the plants must get complete darkness. Will spraying the soil give it sufficient humidity? Should I cut the whole thing back to four to six inches and start over or just let it go the way it is? I have been calling my poinsettias “freaky-deaky” this year. This hopefully will give the humidity you say the plant should have at this time. It will do well either way. However when I’m on holiday for a bit I won’t get to do this. I’d say enjoy it as is and tackle this project with a smaller plant in October. Live in California in August! Pruning it is up to you John. There should be no signs of wilting or drooping and no fallen or yellowed leaves. Since our winter is so cold this year, I just relocated them temporarily, away from the window, as their leaves were curling a bit. But striking the correct balance between darkness and light is the key. Or just 14 hrs? Poinsettias like to be kept in a cool room, preferably under sixty-five degrees. Hi everyone Although poinsettias often drop their green leaves for environmental reasons, dropped red bracts are a signal that the plant is entering its dormant period. If you don’t put the plant somewhere for 14 hours where there is NO light, than you might not get red leaves. All the branches died Honestly Gravy, your plants are doing what they’re supposed to do. I think this should do it but I’d love to hear back from you on how it goes. You can transplant them out temporarily from late spring through early fall. Poinsettia plants are susceptible to a number of infestations, but are most prone to whitefly. Thanks to everyone for such interesting information! Infected plant material is probably the most important source of contamination; the bacteria can survive in dried leaves for as long as a year and they can reside on the foliage for several months before initiating disease. Have I understood correctly that after the red blooms fall off, I am to cut each stem down a bit? Best of luck. I’ve had my poinsettias a LONG time and they rarely EVER turn red. Regarding your question, allowing your plants to have more room to spread their roots will likely cause them to grow larger. It is either too much or too little. I would especially pay close attention to the uncovered plants for the first signs of reversion or loss of redness back to green. Good luck. To keep the poinsettia in bloom as long as possible, maintain a temperature of 65 to 75 F during the day. I’m impressed they did so well. Thanks for your question and please do keep us posted. So Melvin, is this the first year in the containers? The plants are approx 18 inches high. They can be stunning when they’re healthy, but a poinsettia with yellow leaves is both unhealthy and decidedly not festive. It was late blooming this year as I was away in October and November last year and it turned red in February as a result. I can cover it at night when I leave the office but obviously, I’m not here to cover it at the weekend. Most of them are red but some of them are white. We are hitting cooler nights, so I will dig them up, put them in large pots and keep inside. The leaves turning red has everything to do with providing the right about of light and darkness as referenced in my article and the various comments and replies in this post. The plant liked it, though. Unfortunately, it’s both. My question: I’m afraid I’ll forget my plant if I have to move it to a dark spot every day and then move it back to light. The bracts will start to turn color in about four weeks, and continue if you carefully keep up the process. I manage to keep my poinsettia alive since December. I tried to retrieve my Golden Poinsettia tree, putting her back in the sun light area & fertilize every two weeks but sadly she never made it. Continue to cover at least one and not the day to day changes between it and the uncovered plants. But, I can have a red plant for Valentine’s day! Mushroom compost is, in my opinion, one of the most over-hyped gardening products on garden shop shelves Let’s examine the data. She had it in the house all the time! Perfect size to go over the plant! Let us know what happens. Don’t let it dry out, but don’t water until the soil is sopping wet either. Indigenous to Central America, it was described as a new species in 1834. Hi Brendan. During this time you should remove any little branches that grow around them. Depending on your zone, you want to wait to take your poinsettia back outside until the fear of frost is past and the daytime temperatures are 70 degrees F or warmer, with night temperatures not dropping below 50 degrees F. If the ground temperatures are ok and you have moved your plant outside but there is a cold snap, cover the plant with a blanket and then uncover it the next day before the sun heats up too much. Thanks Chris. There is some light down there. Even a nightlight can disrupt this process! They revert to green when they are exposed to light. If they’ve become root bound as I would expect, you need to break them up and replant into a larger container with fresh soil. Mine is by patio door probably to much light. Poinsettias come in a range of colors from white to orange, but are most popular in their red variety. IT HAS MULTIPLIED IN SIZE AND IS VERY GREEN. At this point, there are a lot of red leaves and the new leaves coming in are red. Can I just put a plastic bag over it for the 14 hours a day? I think one of the best things about gardening is the aspect of discovery. PLEASE TELL US EVERYTHING IS OKAY, DON’T LEAVE US HANGING! I have my plant in a big pot also, so I got a cardboard box 16’x16″ square and about 24″ deep and turned it upside down as a “dome” over the plant. We just moved it to a larger pot with new dirt, and its very happy and growing new green leaves. The key is total darkness Amy. The plants need 14 hours of darkness per 24 hour day. Just let mother nature handle it as the days get shorter it automatically triggers blooming as long as you do not have strong artificial light on at night. Thanks. i’m thinking the plastic will help keep the humidity as well. They lose their leaves every 6 to 8 months in my observation. Shane, Will it still have enough time to regrow for the summer and fall so I get blooms in December? Hi Alise. The challenge is to make the poinsettia bracts turn red again for the second Christmas in a row! Based in Dublin ireland, we have 4 poinsettias since Christmas that still have their white bracts in place. Thank you! If you are turning the plant earlier, just remember that you need a few months to turn it red. I don’t know what you can do other than perhaps wait it out. If the latter, I’d do that after the holidays. I have a friend who has a poinsettia that he has kept alive indoor for decades. And I’m not sure if you can do anything now to change the leaf color in spring. Lastly, I advise that you remove the plant from its original container and transplant it to one a bit larger. Keep the soil fairly dry, and the plant warm until new growth occurs. My pointsettia was dying and one day i had a cup of cold coffee in my hand was passing my plant and pour it in a day or two later it was back pretty and green did the coffee have some thing to do with it living it is so pretty now. Can I leave the plant in the closet 24 hours. Hi, I have a poinsettia that is really two separate plants in the same pot. At this point, forget the fertilizer, keep the soil barely moist and don’t worry if the leaves don’t look great for now. 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? Although very frustrating, it’s still mysterious and reminds us we’re not in control. Do you think it will be ok if I stop covering them? The branches you want to keep should be spread evenly around the tree to make it look round and nice. I’m sorry I’m late in responding to your question. 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 […] Mary, At what point do we stop providing 14 hours of total darkness? Each stem is starting to turn ONE red leaf, but only ONE per stem branch. My question, if I keep repotting them, will they just get bigger? Im a little unclear about the pruning process. Ian so excited that I have kept my poinsettia alive from last christmas! give it a try and let us know how it works out. Prune it to make its top rounded forming to a nice little tree depending on how big it is. 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 . Although it is a little late, I still thing ill give it a go and see how it works. Bring it out again in the morning. I haven’t seen any consequences to me leaving the plant covered in 48 hours until I returned to work on Mondays. Sorry to hear that Betty. 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 have been covering each plant with a light proof trash bag every night for 5 weeks, 14 hours a day – I’ve been using trash bags because the plants are too big for boxes.

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