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Learn how to keep your poinsettias fresh even after Christmas.
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Tom MacCubbin: Do you toss them or do you keep them? Well, I suggest we keep them Joani does too. I'm Tom MacCubbin.
Joani MacCubbin: And I’m Joani MacCubbin and welcome to his and her gardening.com.
Tom MacCubbin: Yes. And they’re old poinsettias. They did really low inside the home.
Joani MacCubbin: They did. They were an A plus.
Tom MacCubbin: Beautiful quality place.
Joani MacCubbin: Yes.
Tom MacCubbin: So a lot people would just go and toss them like in holidays. What do you think?
Joani MacCubbin: Well, there’s more intend to throw away. But the rest, don’t want to keep.
Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, we always have that one. It doesn’t do very well and the other was but right next to you is a plant that was just like one of these a year ago.
Joani MacCubbin: Yes. And look at Tom has had that improved occasionally and it’s grown up to be absolutely beautiful. We had it up in a patio
Tom MacCubbin: Yeah. We had in the patio, so actually got a little bit of cold sensitivity, you might say, but the box is still in good shape and the place we have, my hands could be one of those. Let us show you what to do. Joani’s got a large pot there. We don’t want a pot this too much bigger than the original meat ball, but each have one. And I would think maybe an inch or two. How much bigger is yours going to be? Probably about three or four?
Joani MacCubbin: Yes.
Tom MacCubbin: There you have the maximum on that. So this is going to be potted up there for everybody. You just take them out of the container at the root ball is very tight, then you may want to loosen some of the roots apart. But in general, all you have to do is just put some soil inside the containers.
Joani MacCubbin: And that’s my soil
Tom MacCubbin: That’s your soil, there we go. And we’ll just set the plant down in there. What’s going to happen is the plant’s going to grow into the containers. It’s going to fill it out with roots. If you had too big of container, we tend to over water them and when that happens, the plants rot, so we don’t want too much. And just fill them around the edge. We’re not going to have time probably to go through and do all of that there for you.
Joani MacCubbin: We’re doing a great show
Tom MacCubbin: We’re not doing a great show. We’re doing a good job. Okay. I just putted some soil around that now. I’ve got mine done. How’s that.
Joani MacCubbin: My pot was too big.
Tom MacCubbin: Yeah. Well, I think it’s just a life size.
Joani MacCubbin: Yes.
Tom MacCubbin: Might look better at that point. Now, here’s what we’ll do. Once there in the pot, we’ll do this around March. Okay. You can pot them up at any time. But around March, it may hurt a little bit, but just going through and take off the old flower heads like I’m doing here. I just pull them up. There is a latex set that comes out of those stems and you might want to avoid that or have gloves and Joani has a fox gloves on, and so, it’s going to protect her hands there. Put them back about like that. We’d almost 12 to 18 inches from the top of the container. The big poinsettia, we’ll get pulled in back just like these around March and then they’re going to grow. And Joani’s going to talk about the fertilizer.
Joani MacCubbin: Yes. Now that we’ve got it pot it up and water a little bit, you could sprinkle some fertilizers. This time release fertilizers and just sprinkle it a little tablespoon on top of the ground.
Tom MacCubbin: Now what I would say is in relay to the different products.
Joani MacCubbin: Yes.
Tom MacCubbin: We’ll have different things like we do in there. Make sure you watered in really well. Now here’s the other secret. Either sun or partial shade will do just fine. This plant’s going to grow. Then you get about a foot, maybe eight to 12 inches a new growth, you cut the top out again. And then you continue to do that through the end of August. Every time you get that foot of new growth, you leave a little bit of growth, you cut some back. So that you’re going to pull to play it and a little bit of luck. One care fertilizer, then you’ll have a plant that looks just like that and for the holidays. Ain’t that beautiful?
Joani MacCubbin: Absolutely gorgeous.
Tom MacCubbin: I just love it.
Joani MacCubbin: I love it.
Tom MacCubbin: You need to grow one just like it, too.
Joani MacCubbin: That’s all for today.
Tom MacCubbin: And for more how to videos, visit HisandHersGardening.com. It smells good.