native of Mexico, the Poinsettia has
become a well-known Christmas symbol
since its introduction. The Poinsettia
has veined triangular leaves. However,
it is most known for its colorful
bracts of leaves which resemble flowers.
Different varieties are available
in colors of reds, pinks, and yellows.
Do not make the mistake of discarding
your poinsettia after the holidays,
as it can be grown year-round as a
houseplant. However, getting a poinsettia
to “re-flower” can take
some work. To accomplish this, treat
your poinsettia to 14 hours of complete
and uninterrupted darkness, and 10
hours of light for about 10 weeks
starting in the beginning of October.
This treatment can be stopped once
the colorful bracts begin to develop.