And, do you think I need to tie the bottom of the bag? I have just started the process of placing my poinsettia under a cardboard box for 14 hours each night in order to encourage it to bloom. Since our winter is so cold this year, I just relocated them temporarily, away from the window, as their leaves were curling a bit. There are about 20 stems on this plant and they are all very leafy and healthy, but only ONE red leaf per stem. Help! Have I understood correctly that after the red blooms fall off, I am to cut each stem down a bit? This is a popular question and it sounds like you have come up with a I thought the red would start showing in about 4 weeks, not 3 days! On average about six weeks is right. Mine is starting to turn red so I will a beautiful red plant for Valentine’s day! Place the poinsettia in a dark place for about 14 hours a night, starting in early fall. The Poinsettia is a light sensitive plant. All the posts I’ve found are for people who can’t get theirs to bloom. Your plants seem quite happy indoors. It should put on plenty of new growth once it warms up. Good luck! Thanks for the info on turning the leaves red again. Thank you for your help! Thanks for the nice words. When poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) make their appearance on the shelves, you know the holidays are near. I have now placed pot on a bed of pebbles which has a small amount of water, not touching the bottom of the pot I hasten to add. Is it too close to a heat vent? I have never been able to get a poinsettia to live past Jan-Feb until last year. Perfect size to go over the plant! Then, usually around March or April, regular watering can be resumed and fertilizing can begin. Will this prevent it from turning red. I have not been watering them until i felt that the soil was dry. I WANTED TO KNOW SINCE I CANT MOVE IT SOMEWHERE FOR TOTAL DARKNESS.IS PUTTING A BOX OVER IT CAN THAT HELP ME OUT HERE WITH SOME HOLES MABYE. It’s cute, though! So I hope you will try this and let us know what you learn. You’re getting response so let’s keep at it. Thanks to everyone for such interesting information! I started covering the poinsettia with a thick black garbage bag inside the closet. As for the silver bugs (“bus”), if they aren’t causing any damage, don’t worry about them either. It was late blooming this year as I was away in October and November last year and it turned red in February as a result. I too started my attempts at turning a poinsettia in an office setting. Some of the new leaves are turning red (only half of the leaf), some times it seems the leaves are very light green so if we keep it in the box for a day they get a very nice dark green . I am in Jamaica and have two poinsettias I bought last year. Bring it out again in the morning. Poinsettia life cycle may seem a bit complicated, but this short-day plant must satisfy certain growing requirements in order to bloom. Just keep it happy as you have been doing and try again next year. Poinsettia plants are susceptible to a number of infestations, but are most prone to whitefly. Happy gardening. I have never given it any special hours in light or dark. Plants that are allowed to get too dry will wilt and also drop leaves. Since it is now almost November, is there any way I can get the foilage to turn red? During this time you should remove any little branches that grow around them. But that’s one of the mysteries of gardening I love so much. You can transplant them out temporarily from late spring through early fall. Oh, I live in Virginia and my favorite plant lives outside ’til frost comes. The planted a poinsettia they brought from Hawaii. Here is a link about turning your poinsettias red again. Can these plans be transplanted outside or is it too cold for them? I got her last November & she was full till June. Thanks. Hi Kimberly. Maybe if you use that easy-to-remove painters tape. Over-watering a Poinsettia Plant causes green leaves to fall off, leaving the bare stems topped by a few colorful bracts that you seem to have. We are now getting our second — and in some cases, third sets — of colored leaves. Poinsettias grow naturally in places like Mexico and Guatemala. I would not break the light / dark cycle until it’s fully red. They keep their blooms nearly all year long. This has being going on for at least 4 weeks or more. The window is pretty cold in the winter and they virtually bake in it in the summer. The plant needs time to reproduce new growth. I there an explanation as to why I have poinsettias turning red….on their own????? However, if you added the fertilizer after the browning curled leaves, it was that the soil was too dry. In order to get a poinsettia plant to turn red, you need to eliminate its light. I was wondering re the chlorophyll deprivation that makes the leaves go red… do you think it would be possible to put black tape ‘stripes’ on the leaves and have them go partially red and remain partially green? Love the article — learn something new everyday! Catherine, Thanks Paul and I’m rooting for you! Good luck! Perhaps a reader will offer suggestions on how to make this happen. But if you want to have a high chance of success, that’s what you need to do. But what you did is so much more interesting. I would especially pay close attention to the uncovered plants for the first signs of reversion or loss of redness back to green. Honesty, I don’t know the answer. The cardboard breathes, and the plant wont overheat. This can result in leaves gradually turning yellow before falling off. It is fine to cut back some of the stems Jamie. Once fall returns (and shorter days), reduce the amount of fertilizer, and bring outdoor plants inside. But these are tropical plants and cannot survive cold temps Steve. Hi everyone Thank you for the advice!! Just make sure you keep it watered so it doesn’t try completely out. I started in October with putting a big black thrash bag over my plants for 12 hours and giving them sun during the days. While you might be successful, the only way to really give your plant the best chance of turning red again is to bring it home with you. Living in hot, dry Southern California, not only do I soak the soil almost daily but lightly mist the leaves especially when temps soar to 95+ (I don’t think any plant can take that much direct sun/heat and survive without some add’l TLC). I didn’t know I should trim them and last year they both came into full color. It’s inside by the door to my office and it’s in a window. Loss of the older leaves is fine as long as new leaves are growing and the plant looks happy. What am I doing wrong? My experience is that once the leaves have turned red, you can put them out in full light. Thanks Melvin. The brown margins on the leaves are from dryness of soil or fertilizer burn. Good luck and let us know how it worked for you. Is it too late to do any of this to be ready to turn green by Christmas? I want to know at this point is that, if there are already red leaves formed, can I still continue with the 14/10 light.. Will more leaves continue to turn red. Check the potting soil daily. I gave them a little bit of miracle grow about 1 1/2 weeks ago. https://www.growingagreenerworld.com/turning-poinsettias-red-again/. Mrs Beatrice Petty, Urmston, Manchester . Eventually nothing is left to feed the plant until you add it back with fertilizer. I water them only when quite dry. As for total hours, I think the 15 or 16 hours isn’t as critical as total darkness is, but the closer you can get to 14 hours the better. is this normal? Not sure if this is better or worse. from the old leaves there’s only one left now, all the rest is new leaves that are dense but small in size. So I will continue leaving it in front of the windows as its the only time I have ever had a poinsetta live let alone change color. Water when the plant becomes dry. While an overhead florescent light should work, a sunny, south-facing widow would be ideal if you plan to have it live indoors all year. My grandparents built there house in San Clemente CA back in 1951. My question is – can I leave it in the dark for 48 hours (over the weekend?) Poinsettias as Houseplants If they’ve become root bound as I would expect, you need to break them up and replant into a larger container with fresh soil. Can I still put them in a closet? Pinched back in July. The true flowers of the poinsettia plant can be found at the base of the red colored leaves, or bracts. I kept them alive (albeit not in the best shape) and in May (I live in Mass), I moved them outside without trimming, etc. The biggest issue is the plant’s need for darkness during this time. Thanks for your advice, the update. Ambassador to Mexico with a passion for botany. Sorry to hear that Betty. Thank you for all of your wonderful work and advice. Just waiting to put in the dark. The pot is outside so i was thinking of a black trash bag. I have an almost leafless poinsettia which after seeing your comments I learned that I can cut the stems back and it will put on new leaves/growth. I’m SO impressed with myself, I’ve never managed this with a plant (except a spider plant but a toddler could grow those!). Its been 2 weeks since i moved it to larger pot. I will keep you apprised of the outcome. Curtobacterium poinsettia: Destroy infected plants. In mid-October, I moved my poinsettia’s from an outdoor patio to an unused bathroom which gets no light in the evening. Are they tightly wound in a circular pattern? It has become very leggy and woody, with leaves only at the top. My concern is that if you try, and then when it’s time to remove the tape, I think it’s very likely it will damage the leaves. never bloomed again but it sure grew big! Let me look into this and see if I can offer any more information on this today. Hi, I have a three year old poinsettia that has never been trimmed, puned, or pinched. It starts to turn red in December and will stay red until May/June. Defoliation and plant death follow. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The key is total darkness Amy. Growing a Greener World Yes, you could buy a plant for a few bucks and have all the red you want. If so, we should be finding out soon enough. I just keep it where it is and watered normally and gave it fertilizer in late August. I wouldn’t try to force any changes there. I’m assuming it’s not drastically different from non-dark. I’ve not heard of this happening like this so quickly Heidi. Also, you’ll need to keep it watered as indoor environments can be very dry. When you find your poinsettia wilting, with all its the leaves and bracts hanging limply like lettuce in the sun, and its soil is dry to the touch, it’s pretty obvious that it lacked water. Hi Brendan. The poinsettia is the canary in the coalmine of houseplants when it comes to carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, tasteless toxic gas, reacting well before humans show the slightest symptom. The oldest one has turned first, now the 2 year old one is turning, and I just noticed the stems turning red on the one year old plant. Additionally, poor nutrition or insufficient light can be at fault. You can keep it as a houseplant if you provide it sufficient light. I got him/her 5 years ago when someone gave it to me for Christmas. Follow Joe on Twitter. The only other thing I can suggest, and you’re likely already doing this, is to make sure they are getting plenty of darkness through the night time. The Poinsettia Leaves Are Curling & Turning Yellow ... Diseases can also cause the leaves of a poinsettia to turn yellow or brown and curl up. Don’t worry about the limp leaves. I only water when nearly dry and I keep it on a coffee table about 6 ft from an east facing patio door. I have a plant out front in orlando i just coverd it with a box cutting all light out do i have to take the box off during the day? Remove it from its existing pot and check the roots. My plant has about 5 stems and lots of new green leaves are budding already, all I have done is water it. Also, if you transplant and cut back, keep it out of all day direct sun for a couple weeks. Maybe your plant isn’t getting 14 hours of TOTAL darkness. That’s your biggest risk of leaving them outdoors at night. https://www.growingagreenerworld.com/turning-poinsettias-red-again/ this link may help. I did none so far and it is looking like a little tree now, with no leaves on the bottom ten inches or so of stalks. Joe Lamp'l is the Host and Executive Producer of the award winning PBS television series Growing A Greener World. As for hardiness, Zones 9-10 (USDA) is best for Poinsettias you want to leave outside all year. I’m afraid I don’t have a good suggestion for you by leaving it outside. You plant is trying to compensate for lower light levels. Sign up for our newsletter or blog, and updates on new episodes, videos and more! Thanks for any advice you can provide. Is it unusual for the white bracts to be still in place – only one or two of the leaves have dropped to date. I put the plant in a dark closest that is not used with a black plastic bag. I’d think that smaller leaves would look more elegant myself. As for turning new leaves red again, following the guide in the article should do the trick. Although everything I’ve ready mentions “total darkness” moonlight has never come up. Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) need total darkness, for 14 hours each day, starting about eight weeks before you want to display them. Hi Brian. I am covering poinsettia daily with cardboard box. My coworker says he does nothing to his poinsettia and it’s turned red each of the last 3 Christmases. I got a huge poinsettia from my neighbor, the question I have is if I kept it in the house all year would it continue to grow? My hubby’s sister had one for several years, it. I would not be worried about the humidity. It would be a valuable lesson for us all. I’m going to try this 14/10 thing this year. I broke the process once by not putting it in on time. If you have a closet and can block off light from getting in at the top, sides or bottom this should probably work. Poinsettia grows in the wild in Mexico where it easily caps off at six feet (two meters) tall. Many of these are fungal diseases that are caused by over watering. I have done NOTHING to them but water them. Hi, can you please tell me the best way to get my golden poinsettia tree back to life. c/o The Joe Gardener Company Thank you!! The surrounding leaves that change color are modified leaves called bracts. Once the plant is settled in, and while it’s still warm, you could cut them back to promote a smaller or fuller plant. I am obviously doing something right, but I don’t want to destroy all my hard work, by cutting it back, which it should have done in march. Bumping up the container size slightly and loosening the roots when you do, will keep your plant healthier and fresh. My pointsettia was dying and one day i had a cup of cold coffee in my hand was passing my plant and pour it in a day or two later it was back pretty and green did the coffee have some thing to do with it living it is so pretty now. Green, red, and yellow are the natural colors of the poinsettia plant. Each stem is starting to turn ONE red leaf, but only ONE per stem branch. Jenny, rather than spray the foliage, i would place the container in a saucer of stones and water. Each was purchased at a different store a year apart. My poinsettia got too cold because I walked across the street with it in 20 degree weather. I planted my poinsettia in a big pot on my veranda and it turned green.. the pot is too big to take inside to let it have total darkness in order for it to turn red. They are inside in a very bright room out of direct sunlight. Celebrate your success or good fortune, and know that many people reading this will be jealous! It is actually the plants leaves that provide its color through a process called photoperiodism. Then make sure it gets plenty of bright light on Monday morning. You need a good head start. I have a red poinsettia , which I bought in December 2014. Is there any way to halt or slow the process or is it now too late for this season? If it were me, I think I’d take a poinsettia with some green leaves vs. one with very few leaves. I did not prune them throughout the year because I did not anticipate leaving them in all year, but by September, the plants were huge (about 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall). I’ve had my poinsettias a LONG time and they rarely EVER turn red. During the spring and summer you can keep it outside after the fear of frost has passed and temperatures at night are 50 degrees or warmer. I planted my December 2015 poinsettia in a large pot and it has grown and done well this year. Help! The plants need 14 hours of darkness per 24 hour day. Longitudinal water-soaked streaks on stems and spots on leaves. A sunny window is best as long as there are no drafts. But even so, I don’t think the leaves can stand up to that. Also, the plant might be pot bound. If you use a green bag would that help instead of putting it in a dark room for x number of hours a day. Hope this information helps. My question is , is it to late to turn it’s leaves red? I haven’t seen any consequences to me leaving the plant covered in 48 hours until I returned to work on Mondays. Water and medium shade (and keep out of direct afternoon sun) are key until it recovers over a week to 10 days at least. My kind of a plant! I have never been to a website where there were so many thorough answers!!! Also, once they’re fully red, can you break the cycle? Any ideas/tips?! IT HAS MULTIPLIED IN SIZE AND IS VERY GREEN. I’ve read most of the comments; but my question is when is the best time of year to repot a poinsettia? Not only has it still got red flowers , the leaves have also not dropped. Water as necessary to keep soil moist but not soggy. Or do I need to bring it out each day? John, the leaf size is a product of what the plant can support based on its environmental conditions. Jewelle, Then you can plant outside or keep in a pot and bring it back in next fall. I just need to move this to somewhere darker in about August so they will turn Red again? i noticed a small increase in leaf size. I suspect more will start to turn, especially since your plant is still very leafy and healthy. Then try again with the leaf turning process next fall. Living in Florida is too late to trim these? The plant liked it, though. Hi Carol. Best of luck. Dropping the temperature to about 60 F at night will not hurt the plant. You’ve likely heard the expression; “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. I don’t know where you live but poinsettias are tropical and won’t survive a frosty night. Hi We have nice color forming on the new leaves. I have the plant at my work. This process, in response to certain amounts of light or lack thereof, turns the leaves from green to red (or pink, white, and other shade variations). Is this one you’ve had for a while or are you asking about one bought for the holidays that is yellowing and dropping leaves shortly after the holiday? Good luck. I commend folks who place a box over their poinsettias every night to force the leaves to turn red. These plants are thriving and are beautiful. Pick a slightly bigger pot, tease out the roots to break up any circular pattern, and freshen up the soil. Yes. Put it outside in the spring, wasn’t happy with the cool air and direct sun, lost all it’s leaves. This process, in response to certain amounts of light or lack thereof, turns the leaves from green to red (or pink, white, and other shade variations). I used Siri to dictate my message and unfortunately I did not proofread it before hitting the send button. Fuzail, I honestly don’t know Joe if that little light is making the difference. I just wanted to say I was so impressed by all the answers. Celebrate the fact that your plant is growing tremendously. Can’t wait to see if I can get it to turn red for xmas. how about putting them in a box in the basement. Honestly Gravy, your plants are doing what they’re supposed to do. I didn’t pay much attention, but a few weeks later the plant now has many fewer leaves but four of the sets of leaves nearest the window have turned red! I’m sorry I’m late in responding to your question. Thank you! It as only 8″ tall. I would give it a try. I have my plant in a big pot also, so I got a cardboard box 16’x16″ square and about 24″ deep and turned it upside down as a “dome” over the plant. And I’m not sure if you can do anything now to change the leaf color in spring. As for your poinsettia bracts turning red Idon’t need the whole plant to go red, just the tops…?? I put my poinsettias outdoors, in the Spring, when the night temps are 59 degrees or warmer. I have been going through all the comments and have learned a lot. so if you’re after the fullest plant, I would allow the new shoots to come on as well so you have more branching and leaves that will turn red in time for Christmas. It sounds like you did everything right. (early, not sure when you started the dark light program?) Hi Joe – really useful, clear advice, thanks! If you want your poinsettia to turn red again, you have to force it. I didn’t cut stems. with a lamp w bright bulb on a timer it lost most of it’s leaves during winter, i’ve cut it once probably around March. Any light leaks can break the cycle and your efforts to turn leaves red can fail. If there is a layer of yellow pollen covering the flowers, this means that the plant is more mature and will not last as long. Good luck. And I have success! If taking it home is the only solution, if I can return it to the office when it’s red again for Christmas then great. I just kept watering it. Based in Dublin ireland, we have 4 poinsettias since Christmas that still have their white bracts in place. I gave up. When you don’t have optimum light and heating arrangements you sometimes just watch the thing and say, “grow or die, sucka!” Maybe next Christmas I’ll try the 14-10 method. Not sure about bicolor but follow these directions They are both now 3-4′ high. My question, if I keep repotting them, will they just get bigger? I don’t let the plant get leggy, but by trimming about 1/3 of the leaves, and placing it in partial shade usually results in larger leaves. Crops like poinsettia are prone to whitefly infestations, so scouting for adults, nymphs and damage is worthwhile. You are a person after my own heart. Thanks. G. I have been putting my potted poinsettia in a closet every night without fail for a month. Or should I just leave it as is? Several barely survived the pressure washing company’s strong chemicals. yes Betty. Now, the other two are turning red. Ive had a happy Poinsettia since last Christmas. Site design by Hibiscus Creative. I’m inclined to say not that they’ve turned bright red, go ahead an let them go without the bags. There is some light down there. Good luck. I love poinsettias! I would love it if you did this and reported back on your findings. Will leave it outside now, still watering it in hopes something will happen. Hi, I have a poinsettia that is really two separate plants in the same pot. Mine was the same way but now the red leaves have finally all fallen off. I am not too great at pruning, the hours I work prevent me from doing the light dark routine. However, a diluted dose of liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks wouldn’t hurt for overall health, but don’t do it to try and boost the leaf size. I will be using the 14/10 theory that you posted. Once again, limit watering in September/October and give the poinsettia bright daylight temperatures between 65-70 F. (16-21 C.) with total darkness at night with cooler temperatures of around 60 F. (15 C.). Q I have a large poinsettia with plenty of fresh green leaves. Best of luck. After New Year, I put them in a big bay window to die, as I am not good with plants, nor did I care to have such a responsibility. Is it too late to cut back to 6 ins to encourage a much fuller plant or just wait til July and just pinch out the new shoots. I didn’t know I was suppose to cut it back. I would love to keep it outside but the weather has been very cold here even in south Louisiana. Is this normal? Mary, Thank you for the answer to my question. 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I have had them for about three or four years now. Best of luck. Although it is a little late, I still thing ill give it a go and see how it works. Festive in their holiday colors, poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are favorite houseplants, especially during fall and winter months. Hi Karen. I put them outside in the spring and forget about them until fall. Yay Paulette! At night, however, poinsettia plants must not receive any light for at least 12 hours. Click on links below to jump to that question. Wow, this thing is bright bright red and rocking! The rest of the plant has dense, green leaves. Today they are HUGE and full of leaves. The poinsettia is native to Central America, near southern Mexico. Thanks. I can cover it at night when I leave the office but obviously, I’m not here to cover it at the weekend. What if I just leave it in the closet for a while? EXPERTS. On my overnights away, do you think it best for me to leave the plant in total darkness (covered by the box) – maybe 48 hours – or is it best for me to leave the plan uncovered and start covering it again when I get home? However, starting in the evening, the plants must get complete darkness. Check with your local cooperative extension service for more information. Now however I have two to three ft plants with almost a barky type stem and few leaves. It will make such a great comparison and learning opportunity. I have had mine for 4 years and prune it in the spring back to mostly stems but can’t put it outdoors so keep it in a south facing window. I did it for two weeks or so but saw nothing. Thanks for your question and please do keep us posted. Thanks Chris. Susan, From inside the house, don’t be afraid to park it in a sunny spot. Be sure to give it plenty of water if you repot it. 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