How to make a Poinsettia turn red
mfk4 at cdc.gov
Thu Oct 14 13:54:45 EST 1999
Although I never managed to keep a poinsettia over a year myself (I end
up killing 'em off around August) What you need to do is give them
approximately 12 hours of dark a day. Basically, stick them in a closet
or bathroom on a timer, and this is he time of year to do it. They need
a couple months of darkness to get into their flowering cycle. The
problem, if I remember correctly, is that it is the amount of darkness
that is crucial, so you don't want to accidentally be turning the lights
on, upon your plants. Unfortunately I don't have my books with me here,
so I can't guarantee this 100% but I'm about 98% sure.
Christmas and Easter Cacti are similar - they need specific amounts of
darkness (hence, their blooming in winter, when there is less light)
I hope this helps, and I think I'll have to pick up this newsgroup at
home, where all my books are.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: pepper99 at NOSPAM.home.com (Mark Morissette)
> [mailto:pepper99 at NOSPAM.home.com]
> Posted At: Tuesday, October 12, 1999 8:12 AM
> Posted To: plants
> Conversation: How do you make a Poinsettia turn red?
> Subject: Re: How do you make a Poinsettia turn red?
> >Last year my boss gave me a great little Poinsettia.
> >To my amazment it is actually still alive!! Since this
> >is the first Poinsettia I have had that hasn't died by
> >the middle of January, I have no clue as to how to
> >make it turn red. Can anyone help? It has grown
> >about a foot this past year and it will be beautiful
> >when it turns. Does it turn on it's own?
> Can anyone suggest any info for this? I'm kind of in the same
> situation, and waiting for an answer myself! :-)
> Mark, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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