It Really Works!
If you're like me, you've read that you can save your Christmas poinsettia for the following year. There's a series of steps that you look at, say, "Never mind", throw out the poinsettia after Christmas and buy another one the next year. This year was different...and it looks like it's working: Here's the story...after Christmas last year (about February) my poinsettia looked like this: It was still red and, relatively, happy. I ignored it, for the most part, gave it some water when it was dry, and sometime in March, I cut it back to about 6 inches and let it grow. I did NOT repot it, or fertilize it. It sat on my side porch where it got lots of light. It became very full. When mid-September arrived, I started putting it in a dark closet at 5:00 pm and took it out at 8:00 am every day. The only additional thing I did was water it - no special treatment! I watched for any signs of change and there was....nothing! Finally, after about