Planting Poinsettias

We’ve talked a lot recently about fall blooms, but gardening expert Bill Finch says winter can be a colorful time, too.  Flowering plants like Golden Plume and many varieties of salvia do very well as we start the new year.

But Bill’s big winter secret is poinsettias.  Lots of folks know that poinsettias bloom during the holiday season, but did you know that you can talk poinsettias off the table and put them in the garden?  They do very well on the Gulf Coast, and will still bloom in time for Christmas and New Year’s.

Poinsettias look lovely in the garden and complement other plants nicely.  Once in the ground, poinsettias can grow as high as 7 or 8 feet tall!  If that’s too much for the spot you have in mind, Bill says dwarf varieties grow to about waist-high.

So don’t throw out those older, spindly poinsettias when you’re putting away the holiday decorations.  Put them aside in a quiet, dark place like a garage or shed—watering very sparingly–until March.  After the last frost, plant them and enjoy!

Learn more on Bill’s call-in radio show Sunday mornings from 9-11 on 106.5FM or email plaingardening@yahoo.com.  Check out mobilebotanicalgardens.org to find out about Bill’s upcoming gardening classes at Mobile Botanical Gardens.

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