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Startle your neighbors--Here's why you should plant your poinsettia on Father's Day!

Photo: Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension
“How can I make my poinsettia rebloom?” is a common question we hear in January.

Poinsettias can be grown as attractive green plants, but most people are interested in making their green poinsettia colorful again and ready for the holidays.

Can I make my poinsettia re-bloom?

It is not an easy task, as it requires excluding light from the plant for a period of time while keeping the plant healthy. 

The reduction in light prevents the plant from producing chlorophyll, the pigment that makes plant parts green. This changes the bracts to red, pink or white, depending on the poinsettia variety.

An E-Z to follow system of care

Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension professor emeritus at the University of Vermont and author of Caring for Your Poinsettia Year-Round, developed an easy-to-follow poinsettia care calendar based on the holidays of the year! 

For more info, read this article on our Extension web page--be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page: 
Poinsettia Care after the Holidays and Reblooming

Author: Julie Weisenhorn, Extension Educator - Horticulture

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