Poinsettia in September
If some may celebrate Christmas in July, then why shouldn’t I write a post about Poinsettia in September?
At the beginning of this year, right after the Christmas season, I wrote an article about Poinsettia (click on the highlighted word to see that post).
I encouraged you not to discard your Poinsettia into trash, but suggested to nurture it until next Christmas, to be pleasantly surprised with its renewed beauty, and to save money by not purchasing a new one.
Since I try to practice what I preach (most of the time), I saved my Poinsettia as well, and will keep you updated with its progress from now until Christmas. If you can follow the instructions I provided in my first post, we both might have a free blooming Poinsettia for Christmas.
Let’s be optimistic, and don’t worry too much if we both fail, because there will be plenty pretty plants around the holidays to pick from, so we can start all over again.
Just don’t give up. “They didn’t build Rome in one day either”!
I kept my Poinsettia on my kitchen table all the way until Easter, but had to move it to my living room at that point, so my family wouldn’t think that I had my seasons mixed up.
I did not pamper it much at all. I just picked off any dried up leaves, and watered it as needed.
Believe me, there were times when I was ready to “throw in the towel”, when it started to look very shoddy. However, that would have made me a quitter, and would have let you down, so I held on to it. For a while my poinsettia looked like something from a recycling bin, with hardly any leaves on, but I kept my hope for better days ahead.
Once the weather warmed up, I took my plant outside and kept it on a window sill in the sun-room. Watered it regularly, but did not fertilize it at all ( I’m kind of wary of house plants fertilizers, as sometimes they do more harm than good to my house plants).
It started to grow new foliage, and looking like a healthy plant once again. This is how it looks like now, from this side.
I must tell you that one branch broke off, when the wind knocked it off my window sill one day, otherwise it would have looked even better.
Here you have the other side. As you can see, it looks quite nice from both sides.
Now, if you still have your plant, please read my first article for further, very important, directions on how to care for your revived Poinsettia plant, in order to have it bloom once again in December.
I will keep you posted with my plant’s progress, so check back with us in October, November and December.
I’m just as curious as you are, as this is my first time actually following the care instructions.
I saved Poinsettias before, but was not aware of all the necessary steps to make it bloom again.