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    • pandora205
    • By pandora205 9th Nov 19, 8:13 PM
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    Poinsettias
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    • 9th Nov 19, 8:13 PM
    Poinsettias 9th Nov 19 at 8:13 PM
    I was really pleased with myself for nurturing two poinsettias (one original, the second a cutting) since last Christmas. They are quite large and healthy looking but very green. I've been reading up recently and discovered I should have given them extended darkness periods overnight, which probably accounts for the lack of redness. I've not done much in the way of feeding either (if that makes a difference).

    I accept that I'm probably going to be too late for Christmas but would welcome any tips to get them to 'flower' please. (I know it is actually to form bracts rather than flowers). Over the last few nights they have been in dark cupboards and out again in the day.

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    • missile
    • By missile 10th Nov 19, 4:29 AM
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    • 10th Nov 19, 4:29 AM
    I have one which is now huge, 3ft high. Apparently they can reach 12ft high
    https://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-poinsettias-leaves-turn-red-97461.html
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    • pandora205
    • By pandora205 10th Nov 19, 6:11 PM
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    • 10th Nov 19, 6:11 PM
    I have one which is now huge, 3ft high. Apparently they can reach 12ft high
    https://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-poinsettias-leaves-turn-red-97461.html
    Originally posted by missile
    Do you subject yours to long periods of darkness to encourage it to turn red? It seems that this is the thing to do.
    somewhere between Heaven and Woolworth's
    • Justagardener
    • By Justagardener 10th Nov 19, 7:28 PM
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    • 10th Nov 19, 7:28 PM
    They need approximately 16hrs of complete darkness in a 24hr period for about 8 weeks. Best to try and do this naturally from 4pm to 8am the next day. This should give you deep coloured braces 2 weeks before Christmas!
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