The seasonal plants that I tried to condition in October seem to be doing all right. The poinsettia did indeed turn red, albeit not quite as red as the commercial brands and the way that it produced the red ‘bracts’ was interesting. I am not sure what I expected but as the literature always refers to the red parts as modified bracts to the flower, I expected that they grew as red ‘leaves’ as the flower was produced. What actually happened was that some of the green leaves turned first a brown color, making me think that they were dying, then they turned red. So far I have not seen an evidence of a flower of any sort either, but it has at least been worth the effort of remembering to put it into the closet every night for three weeks – and bringing it out again.
The Christmas cactus is still working on developing buds and flowers so has been put into a cool back bedroom to hasten the process. In the meantime I purchased two salmon pink ones for color.