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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
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Posted - May 27 2020 :  12:24:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was gifted a poinsettia for Christmas and have decided to keep the plant. Just the last couple of weeks all the leaves started to fall off and now it looks like bare twigs. I read that a poinsettia will go dormant in early spring and eventually grow some green leaves again. The website also mentioned cutting each piece down. Has anyone ever done this? Does anyone know how to make sure I keep it alive? Help!! I donít want it to die.


Krista

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Grace
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Posted - May 27 2020 :  1:26:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting... I do know that they are native to Mexico.. so they handle heat.. and an elderly lady friend (back in SO. CAL) had a bush outside her front door, sheltered from the sun..
So I couldn't tell you.. over watering as well as under watering can cause leaf drop.. can you see any new bud formations on the stems?

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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - May 27 2020 :  2:00:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Krista I looked it up in the only houseplant book I have and the directions made no sense to me. It did say the leaves are poisonous.

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Darla
Hadashville Manitoba
Canada
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Posted - May 27 2020 :  4:12:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


My pointsetta turned out like yours last time I saved one, I put it in a too dark area and did not water it. It came back a little but it died a slow and painful death. This time I put it in my east facing bay window. Is the plant root bound? your stems look nice. I would try repotting it and adding fertilizer. When you repot and there are no leaves cutting down the stems so energy can go into the roots is common. Pointsettas don't like cold thus my pointesetta's leaves that touched the window died but I made sure I kept the soil moist and it got the most amount of light Canada supplied. I also waited until the soil is dry before I water it. I have never seen new growth on a pointsetta but as you can see the green leaves I am very happy. If it starts losing leaves and wilting I will repot it and add fertiizer. I do not want to shock it while it seems to be thriving. I will have to research what type of soil it will need.

https://www.bing.com/search?FORM=INCOH2&PC=IC03&PTAG=ICO-8c2745875e22db8c&q=poinsettia%20care%20instructions#01E9C5PX6H0Z8X59F8X65TBS20

Leaf drop on a favorite houseplant is a frustrating problem because it can be hard to diagnose the causes and correct the situation. It's also possible that it is not a problem at allóleaf drop is a normal condition of growth for many plants, in which lower leaves die and fall off gradually as part of the life cycle. If you suddenly lose a lot of leaves at once, or if you start losing healthy green leaves, then you might have one of the following problems.

https://www.thespruce.com/leaves-falling-off-houseplant-1902676

These look like helpful articals!





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nubidane
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Lisa
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Posted - May 27 2020 :  6:34:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good luck Krista! I am no help. I remember as a kid my mom used to stick them in a closet after Christmas and they would miraculously come back. She has dementia, or I would ask her. Heck, I will anyway, sometimes dementia patients remember long term things.
PS, off topic, but some pics of that Dane would be nice! LOL Dane Puppy Envy!
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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
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Posted - May 29 2020 :  2:42:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, I had a couple and they started to die.

Sara, I knew they were poisonous, so I have kept it away from my children and dogs.

Darla, thank you for the info. I think I will try cutting the stems back and getting rid of the dead parts on the ends. Iíll also take it out of the inner pot and fill the outer pot with soil and replant it. Hopefully those will do the trick.

Lisa, that would be awesome. Thank you! It has been awhile. Iíll will share some pictures!

Krista

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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Jun 01 2020 :  1:17:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So I trimmed my plant down and got rid of all the dead ends and transferred it to the bigger pot and added more soil. I do see a couple tiny tiny leaves starting to grow a little ways down the plant. So now itís just a waiting game to see if any more leaves come back.

Krista
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janamarieje
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Jana
Southern California
USA
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Posted - Jun 01 2020 :  5:51:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found this on the internet:
Step 1
Place your poinsettia where the plant will be exposed to six hours of bright, indirect sunlight per day. Don't place the plant too close to windows that will be hot during the day or cold at night.

Step 2
Place the poinsettia in a moderately warm room with daytime temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Move the poinsettia into a cooler room at night, with temperatures about 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3
Touch the soil every day and water if the surface feels dry. If the poinsettia is wrapped in foil, poke a few holes in bottom of the foil so excess water can drain.

Step 4
Fertilize the poinsettia every other week, using a good general-purpose liquid fertilizer. Read the fertilizer label to determine the application rate for blooming plants.

Step 5
Decrease watering the poinsettia after April 1, then allow the soil to dry until it's slightly damp. Don't allow the plant to wilt. Place the poinsettia in a cool room with temperatures maintained at about 60 degrees until mid-May. Don't fertilize the plant during this time.

Step 6
Cut the shoots down to about 4 inches and re-pot your poinsettia in a larger pot in mid-May. Use a container with a drainage hole. Fill the container with any commercial potting soil. Resume the plant's normal watering and fertilizing schedule.

Step 7
Move the plant outdoors into a shaded spot in June, then bring it back indoors and place it in indirect, bright light in late August. Pinch the plant back before you bring it indoors, leaving only three or four leaves on each shoot. Continue to water and fertilize the plant.

Step 8
Place the poinsettia in a dark room in early October and leave it until Thanksgiving. To force the poinsettia to bloom in time for Christmas, the room should be dark between early evening and 8 a.m. If necessary, cover the plant with a box or place the plant in a closet during the night. Continue to water and fertilize the plant as normal. Bring the plant out at Thanksgiving, and it should bloom by Christmas.

My grandmother could grow anything and I swear she had a Poinsettia tree in her yard, but I can't get anyone to confirm it.

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StitchinWitch
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Judith
Galt CA
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Posted - Jun 01 2020 :  6:24:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If she lived in Southern California your grandmother may have had a poinsettia tree or large bush. I grew up in Berkeley and people in town had poinsettias and we had a hibiscus that grew up to the balcony of the second story. Coastal California climate can grow just about anything.

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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
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Posted - Jun 03 2020 :  11:29:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I seriously blows my mind how temperamental this plant is! Itís temperature need change from Month to month. I have unintentionally skipped a few steps but just finished step 6. Iím not sure why it would need to go outside though. Everyoneís outside temperatures are so different. Did it say which places needed to put it outside?

That would have been awesome. I would love to grow hibiscus. We donít have the right climate here.

Krista
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HealingTouch
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Darlene
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Posted - Jun 03 2020 :  1:07:53 PM  Show Profile  Send HealingTouch a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Krista, I had beautiful pointsettias that all of a sudden died too! After much investigation, I learned that most of the plants are not grown to last more than for a few months. Years ago I had one for years that rebloomed. Not the newer ones. I tried everything. So now I enjoy them until I don't! LoL!

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texdane
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Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
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Posted - Jun 04 2020 :  08:13:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Krista, the first photo looks like it got overwatered. They do not like being dried out, but will die quickly with overwatering. I would repot it with fresh soil, washing the roots in case it has root rot. Put it in a sunny, warm place and do not let it dry out. Then follow the steps of putting it in the dark when it gets fall. It wonít bloom again until then. In summer, treat it as a green houseplant you put outside.

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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
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Posted - Jun 05 2020 :  1:14:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Darlene, that may be my case this year. If this one doesnít make it or show some signs of progression soon I may have to try all over again this coming winter with a new one.

Nicole, thank you. I already repot it last weekend. It still looks the same with a a few tiny leaves starting to pop through on the sides. So I will give it a little bit and see what happens. Itís getting plenty of indirect sunlight but we are in the 90s here so being outside would be to hot.

Krista
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StitchinWitch
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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Jun 05 2020 :  2:29:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Seeing little tiny leaves sounds very hopeful!

Judith

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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
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Posted - Jun 08 2020 :  12:27:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judith, thatís what Iím thinking. I find myself checking on it numerous times a day lol! Iím starting to think a watched plant doesnít grow! Just like a watched pot doesnít boil lol.

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