Cutting back and repotting my poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

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    Most poinsettias are thrown out shortly after Christmas, but mine was quite happy where I'd put it on the windowsill, but over the last couple of weeks it had started to grow through the coloured bracts so I thought I'd cut it back and repot it.
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DaveDeLerch
DaveDeLerch

Thanks for enlightnent! Stay healthy and wish you merry Xmas! Greetings from Berlin!

Vor 7 Tage
UKGardening
UKGardening

Thanks Dave, I hope you have a very healthy and Happy Christmas as well. Regards Nick

Vor 6 Tage
Reece Milan
Reece Milan

In mexico near where i live you find these by flowing rivers near the side

Vor Monat
Vyas Karishma
Vyas Karishma

My POINSETTIA ys completely dried what should I do now

Vor 4 Monate
Vyas Karishma
Vyas Karishma

@UKGardening thank you so much for the reply , I hope for the best 🤞, I'll do that .🙏🙏🙏

Vor 4 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

.@Vyas Karishma good morning Vyas, I assume that your poinsettia is in a pot. Fill a bucket with 10-15cm of water and plunge the pot into the water. Leave it there for a couple of hours before removing it and leaving it somewhere to drain. Try to keep the soil moist, especially over the next few days and keep your fingers crossed that the plant recovers. If the plant doesn't show any signs of recovery after a couple of weeks, I'd think that it has unfortunately died. Kind regards Nick

Vor 4 Monate
sanjay gulati
sanjay gulati

Thank u so very much.Grateful.

Vor 5 Monate
Radwa Hafez
Radwa Hafez

Do you have to cut them? What happens if you leave it intact through the summer?

Vor 7 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hi Radwa, no, you certainly don't need to cut them, if you don't they'll just continue to grow and you'll have green leaves appearing above the coloured bracts, in time these coloured leaves will fall off and it will just become a bigger version of the original plant. Regards Nick

Vor 7 Monate
Martha KJ
Martha KJ

Thank you for the great advice! New to this! :) Wish me luck!

Vor 8 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

Good Luck Martha.

Vor 8 Monate
Sharon Lindsay
Sharon Lindsay

my poinsettia is still producing beautiful red leaves , but it now looks too big for the pot , can i repot it

Vor 8 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hi Sharon, if it's still producing the red leaves it seems that it's quite happy with where it is and its growing conditions so I'd not be tempted to repot yet as it's likely to stop producing the coloured bracts. Perhaps wait until you start to see the normal green leaves starting to grow above them and then repot. Hope this helps. Regards Nick

Vor 8 Monate
Bryony P
Bryony P

Hi! Not sure if you still read these comments but wondered if you could give me some advice? My poinsettia is completely bare other than three small leaves at the very top of the two stems. Is there any way of recovering it? Should I cut the stems right back (sort of how you did in the video) or just leave it how it is? I'm not sure if it will grow any leaves other than right at the top at the moment. Thanks!

Vor 8 Monate
Bryony P
Bryony P

@UKGardening okay will do, thank you very much for replying! Have a good day!

Vor 8 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

Good morning Bryony, I'd be tempted to leave your poinsettia for another 3-4 weeks (April has improved light levels and less extremes of temperature in the house/conservatory/greenhouse etc) and then take cuttings as I've shown in my other video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkW4AtQQNYs&t=5s). I'd then leave the original plant for a few weeks to see if it regrows (there's no reason why it won't). Good luck and kind regards Nick.

Vor 8 Monate
Hminggthanii hmar
Hminggthanii hmar

Please tell me in which month i cut Sir

Vor 8 Monate
Hminggthanii hmar
Hminggthanii hmar

@UKGardening Thank y Nick

Vor 8 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hi moii, I cut mine back in April, when the plant has started to put on new growth. Kind regards Nick

Vor 8 Monate
OfftoShambala
OfftoShambala

This is kind of like ‘over summering’ ... something I’m working to perfect as a desert gardener... I’ve gotten a lot of, what are summer annuals to most, are winter annuals to us... and I’ve had a few make it all summer outdoors... they didn’t look good, but I’ve been wanting to try everything under the sun (pun intended) and let the people know what is possible ... looking forward to figuring out pointsettias!

Vor 10 Monate
Joyce Bell
Joyce Bell

I issued coffee filters in the bottom of the pot .. they keep the soil in the pot preventing its leaking....J Bell

Vor 11 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

@Joyce Bell The coffee grounds can bind together on the top of the compost and slow water penetration, but a little mix with the existing compost should prevent this. Nick

Vor 11 Monate
Joyce Bell
Joyce Bell

I also use the spent coffee grounds as a soil conditioner around plants .... J Bell

Vor 11 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

That's a really good idea. Regards Nick

Vor 11 Monate
Staci Daniel
Staci Daniel

Thank you for this video! I had no idea they should be cut back! I have a three year old poinsettia in my office that is now tall and spindly, with leaves only at the very tops. Should I still cut it back as there will be NO leaves on the remaining stems?

Vor 11 Monate
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hi Staci, poinsettias take quite a few months to recover from any pruning, so you'd essentially be left with a pot with bare stems in your office for quite a while. I'd suggest getting a new plant that can take it's place whilst it recovers. The ones on sale in the garden centres and even supermarkets are nice and bushy and have good colour and don't seem too expensive (I've seen them for £4-£5) last year they were even cheaper after Christmas. I hope this helps and you have a very Happy Christmas. Regards Nick

Vor 11 Monate
i a m aureen
i a m aureen

How soon should the poinsettia leaves grow after you've trimmed the stems?

Vor year
UKGardening
UKGardening

If you mean when will the main plant regrow leaves, I'd say 3-4 weeks. If you are referring to the cuttings, it all depends on when you took the cuttings and where you are keeping them. If they were in the greenhouse I would think 6-8 weeks, but outside they may take a few weeks longer to start to produce leaves.

Vor year
J Lkr
J Lkr

Will my poinsettias survive if I repot them before they start rooting? PS: love your videos, good work there! XO

Vor year
UKGardening
UKGardening

Personally, I wouldn't repot your cuttings until you can see the plant starting to grow and is sending out new shoots. When cuttings start to 'take' they produce very fine, delicate roots that could be damaged by re-potting too early. Waiting until the roots are stronger and more established will give the plant a better chance of survival when potting on. If you must repot, make sure to water the plant afterwards to make sure the soil is in contact with the roots. Thanks for the kind words. Regards Nick

Vor year
Jal Moore
Jal Moore

Hello. Sooooo, what do you suggest for a pointsettia, that I've allowed to get to 3 ft x 3 ft x 3ft. It started as a 6 inch christmas present and I have had it in the Bay window here in San Francisco for 6 years and it's huge. It turns red every year. The base is 2" across. Today, I will plant from a 12" x 12" pot to a large 9 gallon pot. I love it and don't want to cause harm and holding off on pruning

Vor year
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hi Jal, That sounds lovely. Are you thinking of putting it outside in your garden? They are tender, but I've seen them growing very well (6-7ft tall) outside in Mauritius. I think as long as your winter overnight temperature doesn't get below approx 5C (40F) you should be fine, else keep it in a pot and move back indoors or into a conservatory over the holidays and harshest of winter. I hope this helps, regards Nick

Vor year
Laurie Kase
Laurie Kase

Thank you for posting this video. I didn't know you could put the clippings in water and replant it. Should I wait until I see the roots growing in water before planting?

Vor year
anurag sinha
anurag sinha

Sir in which month or weather poinsettia should be hard pruned as u have done .. I am from India here winter is smaller than summers.

Vor year
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hello Anurag, I cut my poinsettia to take cuttings in April, when the green leaves have started to grow through the red bracts. In the UK we tend to buy poinsettias to have a little colour indoors over Christmas. They are so plentiful in the stores and very cheap we treat them almost like cut flowers, disposing of them or putting on the compost heap as they become leggy. However, I've seen a large poinsettia shrub (5-6ft - 1.5-1.8m) growing quite happily outside in Mauritius, so I wonder if you are growing yours outside and whether your minimum winter night time temperate stays above about 5°C (41F) if need to prune yours back at all, other than tidying it up. I hope this helps. Regards Nick

Vor year
Manju Shrivastava
Manju Shrivastava

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Vor year
Tootsla 125
Tootsla 125

Very helpful - thanks! From California. Happy Holidays!

Vor year
UKGardening
UKGardening

Thanks for the kind comment and hope you have a very Happy Christmas.

Vor year
Gary Marshall
Gary Marshall

Yes , i think Bougainvillea is a much more solid option. I have seen the yellow poinsettias, and originally wanted them in pot with my palm? In shade, never under 15c, in north east direction

Vor 2 years
UKGardening
UKGardening

Bougainvillea like full sun, if they are grown in the shade without at least 4-5 hours of direct sun I don't think you'll get many flowers. I'd suggest you have a look in the gardens of neighbouring properties and see what is growing well in a similar aspect to where you are looking to put your pot. Regards Nick

Vor 2 years
Gary Marshall
Gary Marshall

They sound like hard work, even in sub tropical climate

Vor 2 years
UKGardening
UKGardening

I think most people just buy them for a bit of Christmas colour and throw them out on twelfth night. I've seen them growing outside in Mauritius and the bracts were red at the time, but it was their winter, the plant was 5-6ft tall and looked quite straggly with only leaves on the upper branches.

Vor 2 years
Gary Marshall
Gary Marshall

InCanary islands, can these be planted outside? And will bracts always be red?

Vor 2 years
Tootsla 125
Tootsla 125

My sister lives in Palm Springs CA - she has a huge beautiful Poinsettia plant growing in her covered front porch. She's no "green thumb" does zero gardening and completely ignores that plant. And it's not pickey about the soil - it's planted in the ground which gardenias won't grow in! It never gets any special attention whatsoever - been there for years. Go figure!

Vor year
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hi Gary. Poinsettias can be planted outside if the outside temperature doesn't get too cold (especially night time temperature - below 5deg C and I think you will struggle). I don't think the bracts will always be red for you all the year round in the Canaries, the colour change is a response to shorter days, they need 12-15 hours of darkness for 6-8 weeks and at least 6 hours of daylight, whilst you'll get this in the winter, I don't think you'll get it in the summer. Kind regards Nick

Vor 2 years
dibio depaint
dibio depaint

very nice

Vor 2 years
Laura Nering
Laura Nering

Your'e not supposed to water a pointsettia before the cutting! Without the leaves, the plant will not be able to transpire as well and it makes more sap occur when cutting.

Vor 2 years
Sheila Masters
Sheila Masters

Hi hon I thank you deeply for your advice over these months. If my poinsettia is smelling molted but leaves are growing should I throw it away ?

Vor 2 years
UKGardening
UKGardening

If it's smelling mouldy, I suspect that it's getting too much water, I'd let the soil dry out and then water a small amount once a week and see if that sorts out the smell, you could also repot the plant into fresh compost, but again keep the watering to a minimum. Good luck.

Vor 2 years
Sheila Masters
Sheila Masters

Thank you deeply my friend, I’m new to keeping a poinsettia after Christmas. New adventure for me ~ thank you for helping me Hugs

Vor 2 years
Sheila Masters
Sheila Masters

My friend, I had wrote to you the other day. What should I do with our poinsettia that has fresh leaves growing , bracts are black patches with holes and yellow, light brown roots, smell musky, and with gnats flying around it? Should I fertilize and repot and cut back or throw away? It’s sad to throw away cause of the leaves are growing ~ what is your advice?

Vor 2 years
UKGardening
UKGardening

That's warm enough to not need covering, but you might need to cover them if the night temperatures fall too low (lower than 10C).

Vor 2 years
Evis Koblara
Evis Koblara

Helpful video, I cat and I plant them, but the temperature is 30• Celsius, should I cover up or no?

Vor 2 years
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hi Sheila, The light brown roots, musky smell and compost gnats are a good indicator that the plant is getting too much water, so let it dry out, you could repot it but don't add fertiliser as this may stress the plant out further. Then, as I previously suggested "reduce any watering until the top of the soil has dried out (a little water perhaps once a week) and remove any unsightly or dead leaves/stems." If you want to get rid of the fungus gnats, put a small amount of cider vinegar in a small bowl/ramekin next to the plant pot, the gnats will be drawn to the vinegar and drown. The gnats breed in damp soil and if you scrape away the top surface of the compost you might see the tiny white/transparent grubs eating the plant roots. Regards Nick

Vor 2 years
Sheila Masters
Sheila Masters

Hi hon Thank you for the video,very caring and thoughtful , my poinsettia has light brown roots and have black patches with yellow spot, is there way to restore it or time to throw away?

Vor 2 years
Sheila Masters
Sheila Masters

Thank you my friend , and so welcome

Vor 2 years
UKGardening
UKGardening

Hi Sheila, Thanks for the kind comments. I kept the cuttings that I took in the video growing through the year and had a reasonable display, but they had to be kept somewhere warm all the time, which for me meant the greenhouse all through the summer, taking up valuable bench space that I could have used for peppers and cucumbers, bringing them into the house in October, before it got too cold in the greenhouse, only to find in the middle of December that Tesco were selling plants for £3 each!. That I have to admit, looked a bit better than mine. But, to answer your question, if you want to have a bit of fun and experiment with trying to rescue it and grow your plant on, reduce any watering until the top of the soil has dried out (a little water perhaps once a week), remove any unsightly or dead leaves and stems and leave the plant somewhere like a windowsill that gets morning or afternoon sun but doesn't get too cold overnight. I hope you have fun. Regards Nick

Vor 2 years

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