Garden Housekeeping and Summer Poinsettia Care

Lately, I’ve been digging up and re-homing my ailing in-ground plants, and pruning and repotting anything that looked “squished” in its current container.  In particular, the bromeliads were so totally potbound, “pupping” was out of the question. Look what happened within 8 days of placing this huge fingernail brom in a proper-sized pot:

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See the tubular looking “baby” sprouting to the right of the bottom-most leaf?  Ample space now to go forth and multiply. 🙂

Usually by May, my Christmas Poinsettias look two months beyond proper burial. 😉  But not this year!   This one looks so good, it’s worth the effort of maintaining, yeah?

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If you want your poinsettias to color up for next winter, bring them outside NOW to take advantage of the higher light levels. (They need 6-8 hrs of direct sun each day)  Fertilize  once a week ( I use 10-10-10)  At the end of July remove the growing tip and upper few leaves of each stem to induce stocky branching.  In the fall, when night temperatures fall to the 50s,  bring the plants back indoors to the sunniest window you have.  Easy right?  Yes and no…on October 1, things start to get tricky!

From the beginning of October through Thanksgiving, poinsettias need total darkness  between 5 p.m.- 8 a.m. and nighttime temps between 65-70degrees. At 8am, put them back in bright light for the entire day.  Continue your established fertilizing and watering practices until the bracts show signs of coloring up.

When the bracts show a hint of color, it’s time to stop fertilizing and go back to providing  6-8 hours of full sun (or the equivalent from high intensity lighting)  Assuming all this works, think of the money we’ll save from not buying new poinsettias! 😉

In other “housekeeping” news, Jack was here for Mother’s Day, and dug me a new garden area:

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This far end of the yard is a real MESS!  The philodendron in the back corner recently fell over, (and is slowly dying) the fence is gross, and the two narrow beds on either side of the newly dug spot need some serious beautification!!!!

The goal is to replace the mitchy-matchy pavers and turn the whole area into one undulating, cohesive spot that doesn’t turn my stomach! 🙂

Obviously a work in progress, but for now it features two plumerias, one already showing signs of flowers!!

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These plants were stick cuttings with NO roots when Ivana gave them to me in January. In four month’s time, they grew thick roots that dangled from the holes of a 2 gallon container when I planted them on Sunday!

Anyway, that’s how I’ve been spending my time!  Jack’s gone back to Boston, so I’ll be coming ’round your blogs again with my usual frequency!

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Until next time…..

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🙂 🙂 🙂


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17 thoughts on “Garden Housekeeping and Summer Poinsettia Care

  1. You always give such fantastic detailed information, I feel like I could step right in and do it. Thanks so much for that. The other thing I keep thinking is how well that Florida “jungle” climate suits you…things seem to just burst into bloom from dried twigs, while under your care. Thanks!

    • Thank you Cindy! I must confess re: my poinsettias…I buy them every year on Black Friday at Home Depot for .99 so typically I toss them when they look bad…however, this year they look pretty good even now, so it’s the first year I’ll actually be following the reblooming steps written here! I’ll let you know if it works!

  2. I wish we lived where we grow lovelies all year long. You have such amazing plants and great luck with them. I can hardly wait to see how the area looks when you get it landscaped. It’ll be a fun project to follow along with you on.
    I didn’t know that about poinsettias. I’ve never tried to keep them from one year to the next. Yours is so pretty.
    That’s a wonderful picture. Sweet! 🙂

  3. I miss growing plumeria! It simply can’t be done here, because it freezes too hard in the winter. 😦
    Spring has just begun, so no complaining about how your yard looks! You’ll have your yard whipped into shape in no time!

    • I’m working on it! I ordered some unusual tropical plants from Logees.com for the new area, and will take pics when I place them. The pavers are being delivered on next Thursday, so that will help immeasurably!
      Re: plumeria….this is my first shot at growing them. I didn’t know much about them before receiving the cuttings, and look forward to their wonderful perfume!

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