Well it’s the 7th of the month and that means it’s time to check the progress of our 2011 poinsettia. I have been diligent with my care and progress with mine. Being out-of-town for the last week presented some problems. The temperature was a little lower that I thought it would be and the plants took a little turn for the worse. Hopefully I can perk them back up in the next few days and get back on track.
Here’s the April plan: now is the time to start decreasing the water intake. The challenge is to cut the water back but not allow the stems to get shriveled. That’s a sign the plant is dying. After about two weeks of this drying it’s time to move it into a cool, not cold, place. Most likely you would use your basement or garage. The temperature should be about 60 degrees. Keep up the dry watering process and the darkness for about a month. In mid-May we start to cut the plant back. Anyone have photos of their 2011 plants to share?