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When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!
Generally, these plants are sold during the months of November and December as holiday plants.
Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?
when you cut the stems back, reduce watering but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.
When the plant begins to grow and send out new shoots and leaves, increase the watering. Do not over water but make sure the soil does not dry out.
When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?
After many of the leaves begin to turn yellow or drop off a potted plant, cut each stem back to two buds.
To keep the plant compact and to get many blooms you will need to prune it back during the summer.
Do not prune or cut back the plant after the end of August or early September.
When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?
If all danger of frost has pasted, you can move the potted plant to outdoors in a sunny location. They can also be planted in the ground if you live in a location that does not freeze.
What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?
When the temperature warms up keep a close watch for whitefly.
When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?
New plants can be started by cuttings in late summer. Each cutting should have about 3 to 4 buds.