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anyone grow poinsettias?

Posted by lily51 OH 5 (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 18, 10 at 20:51

This is the second year I have grown poinsettias in the greenhouse. Last year I had 30, this year around 50.
due to cooperative weather, keeping the temp around 60 F has been fairly easy with my heater/fan system.

The sea of red grows a little more each day, and is a cheery sight. The black cat, Midnite, is back to coming in and out of the greenhouse via ventilation slats when they open. It's a great place to spend time.

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RE: anyone grow poinsettias?

I have been giving it some thought lately. Are they as tough to grow as the magazines make it sound?
I do have a winter market I go to but for now I'm just making christmas wreaths and selling houseplants and banana plants.

RE: anyone grow poinsettias?

I buy mine pre-set from a local wholesale grower, which means they have gone through their light requirements and they will now turn color.
Growing like this, which is really finishing them from mature, but green to red, is not difficult if you have a greenhouse in which the temp can be automatically controlled.

Keep the temp at 60F,don't over water or they will get root rot, keep out of direct air currents.They are sensitive to cold,so have to be protected outside. Also brachts sensitive to being bumped...just treat with tlc. fertilize once a week with 200 ppm of 20-10-20 . That's 13.3oz per 100 gal. of water or .133 oz per gallon.

I enjoy having a little to do before I close the greenhouse until mid Jan.

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