Friday, November 16, 2007

Green poinsettia in Cyprus

Nearly a year ago, Richard brought a poinsettia home from the office. If you click that link, you'll see a picture of it with large, dark green leaves, and the typical scarlet bracts at the top. It was also sprayed with glitter, so I didn't expect it to survive.

Two months later, the poinsettia was still alive. Looking a little wilted around the edges, but there was some new green growth, to my surprise.

It evidently liked that table by the window, where we put it, so it's remained there all year. This is what it looks like now:

Very green. Much smaller leaves, and all green. There are lots of new small leaves, so I suppose likes the cooler, dryer weather. But I'd hoped it might have started going red again around the top. Was that too much to hope for? Do poinsettias only have one display of scarlet in their lifetime? Does anyone know?


Buffy said...


I have a poinsettia that is from a Christmas past too. I think they have a strong will to live despite receiving not the best treatment. If you want them to have red flowers you have to shut them in the dark for two months in the early autumn. I haven't done it myself but that's what I've been told.

Sue said...

Ah, interesting. Thank you. It seems a bit sad to shut it away in the dark, but maybe I'll try it. I'm wondering about taking cuttings next year, too, as it's getting so big.

Cathleen said...


I found this website with detailed information on reflowering poinsettia:

I put in a return so it would all show up.

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