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17/11/2013 at 09:00

Hi, bought a poinsettia last week, it is on a table in the sitting room. I noticed it was dry last night, Sat 16th and the label said keep moist. I have given it some water, but I have noticed some of the leaves going yellow and failling off. HELP!

17/11/2013 at 09:15

Hi marklikesbees - remove the yellow leaves and water as soon as the top of the compost is dry.  More information here - it may be that yours isn't getting enough light if it's on a table in the middle of the room.  Can you put it nearer a window (but not close to a radiator and not in strong sunlight - if there is any).

17/11/2013 at 15:18

Thanks for that Dovefromabove, I will act accordenly. Thanks for the use RHS site link too

17/11/2013 at 17:46

I water mine in a saucer under the plant, I keep the level topped up. Plant's lived for 4 years now. 

17/11/2013 at 18:33

Thanks Emma, another good tip noted. How do you look after yours after the flowering season?

18/11/2013 at 06:38

i just keep them in a bright place, out of direct sunlight.

18/11/2013 at 07:58

Thanks Emma, do you cut it back or anything like that?

18/11/2013 at 09:26

Hi marklikesbees,

I read somewhere that you shouldn't buy them if they have been standing outside and even the trip to the car from a shop can be enough to kill them if they are not protected.

It seems to be tricky to get them to form the red bracts for next year. I believe they have to have 12hours light and dark and that's achieved by putting them in a dark cupboard overnight. I'd never remember to do that.

Hope yours survives  okay.

29/11/2013 at 14:00

Oh Dear, not looking good. If it make it to Christmas Day, I'll be happy.

If it drops anymore green leaves, I'll have to call it Kojak It has just reminded me why I do not keep houseplants

29/11/2013 at 14:08

I'm afraid that some of them have not been treated that well before we buy them, and all the tlc in the world will not undo the harm that's already been done 

29/11/2013 at 14:17

I know, its quite sad the way you see DIY stores treat they plants. I was looking at a stores Venus Fly Traps the other day, they were almost dead and they still wanted £4 for them.


29/11/2013 at 14:24

I totally agree Mark - it's so sad, and it's also disrespectful of the low-paid workers who propagated and potted the looked after those plants.  

Some plants are salvageable - I bought two tiny almost dead Christmas Cacti some 14 years ago and now they're amazing plants that everyone who sees them flowering remarks on.  

But there are some plants that just don't have that resilience, and I'm afraid that Poinsettias are in that group 

29/11/2013 at 15:59

one thing they don't like is soggy soil ,let them drink from the base and water when really dry  they like a warm sunny room and the more neglected the better.My grandfather grew one in a big pot in his sunny front room beautiful bracts and such  a marvel and my daughter who is good at killing plants has kept one for a whole year by forgetting to water it!good luck.

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