Growing Poinsettias

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Since poinsettias are native to Mexico, they require a warm climate and mild winter, so bringing them indoors during cold weather is advisable. Grow holiday poinsettias throughout the year with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing plants.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment I'm going to talk about how to grow Poinsettias or growing a Poinsettia. Now to learn how to grow it we have got to find out where it is native and that's Mexico. So Poinsettias are from Mexico and they grow really well in other parts of the country as long as they get enough moisture, humidity, and sun and they don't go below 60 degrees. They really want to stay warm all the time. So when you get your Christmas Poinsettias, the best thing you do is when the blooms die, just cut all the blooms off and keep trimming it back, keep it moist but let it dry out in between. A lot of times too you can put gravel on the bottom in a bowl and set that on top so that you have enough moisture. They need moisture, that's the key or mist it real well and you just want to trim out the dead leaves as needed and they'll grow really well and as long as you give it enough light they like indirect light, you can treat it like a house plant or put it in a little bit of shade outside or if you live near the Coast you can give it a lot of sun as well and leave it outside in warmer climates. So it's worth the effort of saving your Poinsettia after Christmas because I have had mine grow for four years afterwards as a houseplant and it never did bloom again because it didn't get enough sun or enough light in the house but it was still a wonderful addition to my home garden and you can even put them outside every Summer and enjoy the foliage and a lot of times you can even get them to bloom and if you live in a warm climate just leave them outside and they'll bloom wonderfully, great addition to your garden.

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