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Question DetailsAsked on 11/27/2015

Have Poinsettia from last xmas, but cannot get it to bloom..only green leaves ?What should I do?Flowers/plants

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Hate to break the news to you but you are too late - it needs to have 16 hours/day of TOTAL, uninterrupted darkness - so a TOTALLY light-proof bag over it and preferably in a closet or such, at room temp, then good light the rest of the day - and kept damp but not wet. This has to continue from about October 1st through when it puts out the first color "bracts", or the leaflike base for the eventual flowers. Normally 8-10 weeks before that happens, so starting Oct 1st means bloom stalk coming up around Thanksgiving, bloom in mid December. Then normal good daylight during the day (at least 12 hours) till Xmas. During the bloom preparation period, ANY light - even a minute or two - during the dark period will delay its blooming, and not adhering to the 16 hours can totally disrupt the cycle and make it skip blooming for the year at all.


You could start the process now, but blooming would be expected in January or even early February. So for this year, looks like you have to buy new ones for year-end blooms.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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