Sunday, January 8, 2012

Why do poinsettias lose their leaves and flowers so often?

Am I over watering?

Why do poinsettias lose their leaves and flowers so often?
Yes, they need indirect light and to be kept moist, but not saturated. Also, you may be keeping them too warm. This is common in overheated houses or in areas that stay hot. Move them into natural (indirect) light, keep the temperature moderate, and water about every other day or when the top inch of soil is dry. Let them drain as the other poster advised.



Here is a link for you:



http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/poinsettia/...
Reply:No you are not overwatering....water every other day.

Poinsettias are actually tropical plants and usually only bloom in the winter.

"When watering it is important to allow the plant to drain out any excess water."
Reply:Poinsettia's are all leaves. Yes, the red "flowers" are really leaves. They need to be watered often and should never be placed in direct sunlight.
Reply:The red things are leaves not petals. After a display of color they lose their leaves like trees do in winter.


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