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Was given a Large Poinsettia Christmas 2011 have loved it watered it and feed it and to my mind it is a very healthy plant , But the leaves haven't turned Red what am I doing wrong


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,939

    Well done for keeping it healthy, mine always die, but I have an old stone house heated with woodburners in the day so I can't keep the temperature stable. One thing I know is that from autumn they need total darkness for 14 or so hours a night if they are to produce the red bracts.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    You never will-sorry-to get red bracts for  a second year it needs a period of controlled darkness that is difficult to do in the home-leave that tricky bit for the growers

    Best discarded after the first year-regard it as an annual treat.

    But if you want to give it a go..........................

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