Seasonal plants update

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.

 


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Seasonal plants update — 3 Comments

  1. I kept poinsettias for a number of years. I never tried any of the “book wisdom” to get them to color up. They’re an interesting green plant, though, and I like the idea of training them into a tree shape with braided trunks. Saw that in a greenhouse display around the holidays. Stunning with the colors bracks.
    Our Christmas cactus is coloring up, too, which is quite early for it. Usually, we don’t see that until very late December or early January for this particular plant. But it’s pretty year-round so I don’t mind its schedule.
    We have multiple amaryllis plants, and they bloom in the summer months. Huge, spectacular blooms. They were all “rescued” from various trash bins. Glorious salvage!

  2. Donna – I have heard about the ‘tree’ variety and would love to try that. Apparently the plant grow quickly enough that it can make a good size in a single year, but mine seem to stay rather small.

  3. In order to get to the braided “tree” stage, you’d have to choose 3 or 4 stems that are already fairly vertical. Then, all the side shoots would have to be pinched off so that the plant is encouraged to put its energy into lengthening those stems. Leaves at the top of the stems would be kept. I’m guessing the braiding would have to begin right away in order for the stems to grow together. Maybe something like old nylon stockings tied around the forming “trunk” would be the way to go. Not that I’ve seen this done with poinsettias, but I’m assuming that would be the way to start anyway. To be honest, I’m to impatient to work with this project, but I’d love to find out if it could be done. :-)

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