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Poinsettia Centerpiece

Martha Stewart
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To turn classic Christmas poinsettias into a distinctive holiday display, horticulturist Lloyd Traven of Pennsylvania’s Peace Tree Farm recommends combining them with other seasonal plants.

Tools and Materials

  • 10-inch bulb pan
  • Poinsettias
  • Complementary plants
  • Potting soil (optional)

1. To make a table centerpiece, arrange poinsettias and additional plants in 10-inch bulb pan as desired. Fill in with extra potting soil if needed.
2. When the holidays are over, simply remove the poinsettia and replace with a spring-blooming plant.

How To Rebloom Poinsettia
Making poinsettias rebloom is a challenge. To induce flowering in time for the holidays, continue watering plants but stop fertilizing in early fall. Beginning on Oct. 1, move the plants to an absolutely dark room or closet each night, or place them under a box so they receive at least 14 hours of uninterrupted darkness per day — even light from a lamp can disrupt the flowering. Depending on the cultivar, colorful bracts should develop in six to 10 weeks.

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