Christmas Pot Plants (part 2 of 2)

Christmas Pot Plants (part 2 of 2)

If you want to try keeping Poinsettias for another year, bear in mind that it will be much bigger the following year. Prune the plant in spring – any time from February to June – later pruning will give you a more manageable plant!

My photos show a plant in June (1) then pruned(2). Repot at the same time and keep it fed and watered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From September you must keep the plant out of artificial light because the plant need uninterrupted darkness for 14 hours every night to stimulate the production of bracts. You can put it in a dark cupboard every night at 6pm and bring it out every morning or keep it in a room that is not used much.

Once bracts start to form you can bring it into a normal room and the bracts will continue to develop. (3)

My favourite Christmas houseplants are cyclamen, partly because they often have a light fragrance but also because they prefer a cool, airy surroundings, like me!

Cyclamen hate stuffy, dark rooms and revel in bright, cool windowsills. Avoid getting water in the centre of the plant (the one plant I would water from below) and avoid overwatering – slight wilting will do no harm. Remove faded flowers or blooms to pick by twisting the stem and tugging hard so no stem base is left to rot. Yellow leaves and pale flowers indicate too much warmth and not enough light.

The small ‘hardy’ cyclamen sold for outside pots are useful for porches and windowsills in cool rooms and great value too at around £2 each.

Post written by our resident gardening guru Geoff Stebbings from www.thebikinggardener.com

Christmas Pot Plants (part 1 of 2)

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