Top Questions About Poinsettia Plants

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Questions About Poinsettia Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 10, 2011

Q. Green Leaves

The leaves of my poinsettia are turning green. How can I keep them red?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 10, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

There is no way to keep them red. They turn red on a cycle, like tree leaves turn colors in the fall. This article will explain how to make them turn red next year: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/poinsettia/how-to-make-poinsettia-turn-red-make-a-poinsettia-rebloom.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 19, 2011

Q. Non-Blooming Poinsettia

I have one poinsettia that is about 2 feet wide and 2 feet high with about 20 blossoms on it. I have another large poinsettia that receives the same care as the first plant but does not blossom at all. The blooming plant is 2 years old and the non-blooming one is 3 or 4 years old. What do I do to make it bloom?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 20, 2011
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Asked by
pmather on
April 19, 2011

Q. How to Get Rid of Bugs on My Poinsettia Plants

I have white gnat-like bugs living on the underside of the leaves on my poinsettia plants. What are they, and how do I get rid of them without harming the plants?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 20, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It could be whiteflies, though I am not positive. Nonetheless, I prefer treating these pests, and most others, with neem oil. It is very effective and safe. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/whitefly-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/control-whiteflies-on-houseplants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 27, 2011

Q. Potting Soil Texture for Poinsettias

I found a cactus preparation potting soil by Miracle-Gro at Walmart which would allow a fast flush and adequate drainage of water. Is this an appropriate soil selection in which to pot poinsettias?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 27, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

I would mix it 50/50 with regular potting soil. It is just a bit too free draining for poinsettia.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 29, 2011

Q. Yucca Plant

Why are my yucca leaves going yellow? Is it overwatered or not watered enough? Also, I have a poinsettia that I got at Christmas 2 years ago, which is now quite big but the leaves are a bit yellow. How often should this be watered, and is there something I can do to help it go red?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 30, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If the yucca is an indoor plant, it is likely overwatered. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch when your finger feels dry soil 10 cm down or so. You also want to make sure it is getting enough light.

This article will help you with getting the poinsettia turn red:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/poinsettia/how-to-make-poinsettia-turn-red-make-a-poinsettia-rebloom.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/poinsettia/poinsettia-care-how-do-you-take-care-of-poinsettias.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 18, 2011

Q. My Poinsettia Is Still Green

I have two beautiful plants that are healthy, huge with lots of green leaves. I want them to turn red for holidays. How can I do this? Should I put them in dark place now 24 hours? They get plenty of darkness at night.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 19, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 20, 2011

Q. Poinsettia Soil

Will a poinsettia survive if planted in sand?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 21, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

I would mix it 50/50 with regular potting soil. It is just a bit too free draining for poinsettia.

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