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Poinsettia
Plant Care Instructions By Pat Hammer

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 1316, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
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  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • February
      • March
        • Water

            when you cut the stems back, reduce watering but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

        • Prune

            After many of the leaves begin to turn yellow or drop off a potted plant, cut each stem back to two buds.

        • Protect

            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.

      • April
        • Water

            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.

      • May
        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            When the temperature warms up keep a close watch for whitefly.

      • June
        • Prune

            To keep the plant compact and to get many blooms you will need to prune it back during the summer.

      • July
        • August
          • Prune

              Do not prune or cut back the plant after the end of August or early September.

          • Propagate

              New plants can be started by cuttings in late summer. Each cutting should have about 3 to 4 buds.

        • September
          • October
            • November
              • Buy

                  Generally, these plants are sold during the months of November and December as holiday plants.

            • December
              • Buy

                  

            • Winter
              • Spring
                • Summer
                  • Fall
                    • Buy

                      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!

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                      • November

                        Generally, these plants are sold during the months of November and December as holiday plants.

                      • December

                    • Plant

                      When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

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                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • Sow Seeds

                        When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

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                        • Fertilize

                          When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

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                          •  Dec
                          • Water

                            Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

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                            •  Dec
                            • March

                              when you cut the stems back, reduce watering but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

                            • April

                              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.

                          • Prune

                            When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • March

                              After many of the leaves begin to turn yellow or drop off a potted plant, cut each stem back to two buds.

                            • June

                              To keep the plant compact and to get many blooms you will need to prune it back during the summer.

                            • August

                              Do not prune or cut back the plant after the end of August or early September.

                          • Mulch

                            Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

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                            •  Oct
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                            •  Dec
                            • Protect

                              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                              •  Jan
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                              •  Aug
                              •  Sep
                              •  Oct
                              •  Nov
                              •  Dec
                              • March

                                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.

                            • Pest/Disease Inspection

                              What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

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                              •  Oct
                              •  Nov
                              •  Dec
                              • May

                                When the temperature warms up keep a close watch for whitefly.

                            • Treat for Pest/Disease

                              How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

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                              • Transplant

                                When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

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                                •  Dec
                                • Propagate

                                  When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                                  •  Jan
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                                  •  Jul
                                  •  Aug
                                  •  Sep
                                  •  Oct
                                  •  Nov
                                  •  Dec
                                  • August

                                    New plants can be started by cuttings in late summer. Each cutting should have about 3 to 4 buds.

                                • Harvest

                                  When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                                  • Special requirements

                                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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