Friday, May 15, 2009


You might wonder why I'm writing about Poinsettias at this time of the year (and I regret that I didn't think to do it a couple of months ago) you'll see from the pictures:

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherima), from Mexico and Central America, is a shrub (to 15 ft). An American's symbol of Christmas.

It's whorls of upper leaves, red, pink, white, salmon, or varigated, masquerading as blooms are actually splendid ruffs encircling the true, yellow & green flowers.

When your poinsettia starts to drop its leaves and look ugly, don't throw it away.

Cut the stem in several pieces about 5 inches long.
Dip them in rooting compound and stick them in potting soil.
Soon you will see leaf buds sprouting along the sides of the stems.

Don't let the soil get too dry.

Use a liquid fertilizer frequently during the growing season.

You can put only one stem in a pot or for larger pots several stems.

As soon as the days get shorter, you will start to see the leaves getting color. At Christmas time you will have a beautiful show of poinsettias that would cost you a lot of money at the store.


  1. I will gladly trade you some Gloriosa's (bulb and all) for a pinch of rootone to see if we can propagate one of our healthier poinsettias.