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December 20, 2012
Save the Poinsettia!
When it comes to poinsettias, we're a fickle bunch. We adore their flashy good looks during the holidays, but once these gorgeous plants start to wane, they're tossed into the compost heap like last night's potato skins.

There is another option. If you save your poinsettias, they'll reward you with gorgeous color next holiday season. Just follow these tips about how to care for them during the year.

After the holidays: Place the poinsettia in a very sunny indoor spot, and keep soil barely moist. Fertilize as package recommends.

March: Trim to 6 to 8 inches tall after its leaves fall. Continue to water and fertilize.

May: When the poinsettia shows strong new growth, repot and bring outdoors. Give plant six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Protect from harsh afternoon sun. Fertilize weekly.

Mid-July: Trim one-fourth of growing tips to encourage branching. Leave at least 2 to 3 large leaves on each stem. Continue watering and fertilizing.

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