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Poinsettia Care

Poinsettia Care Plan for Reblooming

Poinsettia Care Plan for Reblooming

Poinsettias have become a holiday tradition, causing many people ask, “How do I care for Poinsettias year-round?” Gothic Arch Greenhouses is here to help, with Poinsettia care advice that will have your blooms recurring year after year!

Poinsettias are sensitive to light and temperature, and do best indoors year-round in many climates. With proper care, they can continue to delight each season. To ensure your poinsettias rebloom, we recommend:

Poinsettia Care Plan for Late Spring

Poinsettia Care Guide

Poinsettia Care Guide

• Replant in new soil
• Trim to 6”
• Water regularly
• Add fertilizer every 2 weeks (We recommend a 30-10-10 mix)
• Place outdoors in a sunny location
• Maintain a temperature range of 60°-75°
• Pinch tips off new shoots when 6” – 8” long
• In late July, cut back to 5” – 6”

*Keep in mind that hotter climates may require plant to be moved indoors during hotter times of day—ideally, a greenhouse can provide perfect temperatures with plenty of solar exposure*

Poinsettia Care Plan for Late Summer

• Bring indoors before evening temperatures begin to drop.
• Place in full sun, with 3 to 6 hours of direct sun daily
• Continue to fertilize every 2 weeks

Poinsettia Care Plan for Fall

• For poinsettias to bloom, they need 14 hours of uninterrupted darkness daily for 40 days
• Place in a dark place or cover completely at dusk, then remove the next morning so that the plant is kept in total darkness. Continue daily.
• Do not fertilize November 1 through December 30

With a light deprivation schedule, a poinsettia should bloom by holiday time. Even as little as 10 minutes of artificial light during the blackout period can delay blooms by weeks or even months, so stay vigilant and enjoy your poinsettia all winter long! Happy Growing!

 

5 Winter Growing Tips to Keep You Gardening

Glass Greenhouse Winter Growing TipsJust because the days will start getting shorter after the autumnal equinox doesn’t mean gardeners will have to go into hibernation until spring.

Utilizing a greenhouse is a great way to continue to stay involved with your gardening efforts, despite the cooler temperatures and shorter days to come.

Some consider fall the “second spring,” the next best time to start planting tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, herbs and flowers—all carefully chosen for their ability to thrive in cooler seasons.

Of course, the gardener’s latitude, crop and other additional variables unique to the operation will determine where the seedlings will be started or transplanted.

To successfully take advantage of winter growing, get gardening keeping these tips in mind:

Know when to plant. If you know the average date of the first killing frost in your region, then you can determine when to plant your winter crops. Plant them early enough so they reach their full maturity before that killing frost. Local garden authorities can help provide such information and even what crops grow well in your area.

Make the most of natural sunlight. You’ll still be able to take advantage of heat provided by the sun, but also be prepared to provide supplemental lighting, especially if a long spell of overcast weather is forecast.

Select cold hardy plants. Lettuces, salad greens, scallions, spinach and kale will provide your winter salad fix. Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries and herbs, such as basil, rosemary and thyme, will make excellent additions as well.

Know when to water. Start in the morning, as soon as the frost is gone, to give plants time to dry before the nighttime drop in temperatures. Watering deeply from time to time is a possibility so you don’t overwater, making plants less able to withstand cold. If you feel moisture about a half inch deep around the plant, you should err on the side of not watering.

Utilize natural ventilation as much as possible. Not only will this reduce your energy costs, but also you will reduce the stress on your plants that could be caused by leaving the greenhouse closed on a sunny day. Good ventilation is also good for disease prevention.

In addition to these tips, winter gardening can provide the perfect cure for the seasonal blues. Not only will the inside of your greenhouse feel a little more like spring (given that the sun is shining!), but also seeing the fruits of your labor can be extremely invigorating and satisfying during a dark and dreary winter.

Are you ready to prepare for winter growing? We have all the supplies you need! Give us a call at 1-800-531-4769 to speak with one of our friendly representatives or visit our website www.GothicArchGreenhouses.com to learn more.

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