Caring for a Poinsettia plant

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What is the proper care for your poinsettia in the summer months?

What is one of the most common questions asked of garden expert Wim Vander Zalm of Art Knapp’s Plantland?

“How do I get my poinsettia to re-bloom for next Christmas?”

The trick, says Wim, is to think ahead.

Towards the end of summer give the poinsettia at least 14 and preferably 16 hours of complete darkness every day. This will ensure that the bracts colour up for the holidays. Keep the plant moist and protect it from any hot or cold drafts.

Once you start seeing colour on the plant, find it a spot within your home where it can once again receive light and, slowly but surely, you’ll have a colourful poinsettia for Christmas.