Today is the seventh and that means it’s time to check on the progress of my 2011 poinsettia plants. If you recall from August I was down from my 5 originals to just 1 that was struggling through. The sad news is that they have all died. I might have been more attentive in the leaner early spring months and nursed them a little more. The good news is it is only about 7 weeks until I can buy 2012 plants! I promised to post the tips and plans for the whole year. So even though mine have been added to the compost bin I will still let you know what comes next. September is easy- continuing watering and fertilizing. Just be sure to keep them above 65 degrees (no problem lately around here!). October will bring some challenge- complete darkness for the plants. Check back on October 7th for all the details on operation black-out.