January 15, 2000: An Important Matter Under Discussion


As the winter season approaches, many people turn their attention to indoor gardening. With the growing popularity of houseplants, there is a need for a comprehensive guide on caring for and selecting plants. This issue, filled with expert tips and practical advice, is essential for both novice and experienced gardeners.

For those who are new to gardening, the preparation can be a bit overwhelming. But fear not! This issue provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a thriving indoor garden. From selecting the right plants to proper watering and fertilizing, you’ll learn all the tricks of the trade.

One of the main challenges for indoor gardeners is finding the right plants that can thrive in the limited light and space of a home environment. This issue offers a list of plants that are well-suited for indoor growing, including poinsettias, cacti, and tropical plants. Each plant comes with a detailed description of its care requirements, ensuring that you can create a vibrant and diverse indoor landscape.

Taking Care of Poinsettias

If you have just bought a poinsettia, there is plenty of information available to ensure that it thrives in your home. Poinsettias are tropical plants that can be grown outside in some climates, but they are typically used as indoor decorative plants during the Christmas season due to their vibrant colors.

When caring for poinsettias, preparation is key. Make sure you choose a location that receives bright, indirect light for at least half of the day. Avoid placing your poinsettia near a window that receives direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to burn.

Poinsettias prefer fairly warm temperatures (around 70-75°F or 21-24°C) and can be sensitive to cold drafts and frost. If you need to move your poinsettia outside during the warmer months, make sure to gradually acclimate it to the new environment and bring it back indoors before the first frost.

When it comes to watering, poinsettias should be watered thoroughly but allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Never let the roots sit in water as this can lead to root diseases. Additionally, make sure to drain excess water from the saucer or container to prevent waterlogged roots.

Fertilizing poinsettias is also important for their long-term care. To keep the vibrant colors and promote healthy growth, use a balanced fertilizer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid fertilizing the poinsettia while it is in bloom, as this can shorten the life of the bracts.

After the holiday season, you can continue caring for your poinsettia by following these steps:

  1. Remove any decorative wrapping around the pot, as it can trap water and lead to root rot.
  2. Trim off any dead or faded bracts by cutting them close to the main stem.
  3. Repot the poinsettia if it has outgrown its current container. Use a larger pot and fresh potting soil.
  4. Place the poinsettia in a location with bright, indirect light and continue regular watering and fertilizing.

With proper care, poinsettias can remain colorful for several months and even years. Thanks to the guidance from Thompson University, you can enjoy the beauty of this festive plant for many holiday seasons to come.

Issue January 15 2000

In this issue, we will be discussing some important tips for caring for poinsettias during the winter months and providing information on how to properly transplant a potted plant.

If you have poinsettias growing in pots, they’ll need plenty of light during the day. Keep them near a well-lighted window or move them outside if the climate allows. Make sure to water them regularly, as poinsettias enjoy moist soil. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root diseases.

If you’re looking to select a healthy poinsettia from the garden center, there are a few things to keep in mind. Look for plants with a lot of leaf growth and vibrant, colorful flowers. Avoid plants with wilting or yellowing leaves, as this may indicate improper care or disease.

To transplant a potted poinsettia into the landscape, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a well-draining location in your garden to plant the poinsettia. Dig a hole that’s as deep and wide as the root ball of the plant.
  2. Remove the poinsettia from its pot, being careful not to damage the roots.
  3. Place the poinsettia in the hole and backfill with soil, ensuring that the plant is at the same level as it was in the original pot.
  4. Water the transplanted poinsettia thoroughly to help it establish in its new location. Continue to water it regularly, especially during dry periods.

For more information on caring for poinsettias and other winter gardening tips, check out our guide from Thompson University and have a conversation with Thomas, a garden expert.

In summary, poinsettias can thrive indoors during the winter months if given the proper care. You can enjoy their vibrant colors and beautiful flowers while keeping them healthy. Additionally, if you’re looking to transplant your potted poinsettias, follow the steps outlined above for a successful move to the garden landscape.

Can I plant poinsettia and Christmas cacti outside

If you’re wondering whether you can plant poinsettia and Christmas cacti outside, the answer is yes! Both of these plants can be grown outdoors, provided you take the necessary steps to ensure their survival through the winter.

When removing your poinsettia from its pot, it’s important to do so in the late autumn, around the middle of September or early October. This is when the plant is transitioning into its dormant stage and will be better prepared for the move. They’ll need to be planted in a location where they’ll receive plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil.

When it comes to the Christmas cacti, they can actually be grown outside fairly well. They prefer a partially shaded area in the yard, and the best time to plant them is in the spring, around March or April. Just be sure to water them like you would any other plant in your yard, and they’ll thrive outside.

For poinsettias, the key is to protect them from frost, as they’re quite sensitive to cold temperatures. A good recommendation is to start preparing them for this by moving them indoors when the temperature drops below 50°F (10°C). Poinsettias also like bright, indirect light, so choose a well-lighted spot in your home for them to flourish.

When it comes to fertilising, a standard well-balanced fertiliser will do the trick for both poinsettias and Christmas cacti. Give them a half dose every two weeks during the growing season, and stop fertilising by mid-September for poinsettias and by late summer for Christmas cacti.

Both of these plants can be kept indoors or outdoors, depending on your climate and preferences. However, keep in mind that if you choose to keep them indoors, they may not produce flowers in subsequent years. If you’re growing poinsettias outside, you’ll need to provide them with some frost protection during the winter months.

In conclusion, poinsettias and Christmas cacti can be successfully grown outside with the right preparation and care. Follow these steps, and you’ll be able to enjoy their beauty for many years to come.

Thanks to Thompson & Morgan for the information provided in their article “How to grow poinsettias and Christmas cacti” (Issue January 15, 2000) as a guide.

How to grow and care for poinsettia

Poinsettias are tropical plants that thrive in well-lighted areas. They are often used as indoor decorative plants during the Christmas season, but they can also be grown outdoors in certain climates. If you live in a climate where poinsettias can be grown in your yard, you’ll be able to enjoy their vibrant colors for many years.

When caring for poinsettias, it’s important to keep in mind that they are sensitive to certain diseases and pests. Taking proper care of them will help keep them healthy and free from these issues. Here are some tips for growing and caring for poinsettias:

1. Light and watering: Poinsettias like to be in a well-lighted area, but not in direct sunlight. They should be watered thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch, but be careful not to overwater them.

2. Fertilizing: Poinsettias should be fertilized every few weeks to promote healthy growth. A balanced fertilizer can be used, following the instructions on the package.

3. Temperature: Poinsettias prefer temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid exposing them to temperatures below 50°F (10°C) or drafts from windows or doors.

4. Transplanting: If you want to transplant your poinsettia from a container to the garden, do it in early spring. Make sure the soil is well-draining and prepare the hole by digging it twice as wide as the plant’s root ball.

5. Dormant period: During the dormant period in late winter or early spring, poinsettias can be cut back to about half their size. Reduce watering and keep the plant in a cool, dark area for a few weeks. Then, move it back to a well-lighted area and begin watering again.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your poinsettias grow and thrive for many years. They’ll add a festive touch to your home during the Christmas season, and if you live in a suitable climate, you can enjoy their colors in your garden as well.

Source: “Issue January 15 2000” – Thompson & Thomas Gardening Magazine

Top 5 steps to growing poinsettia

Step 1: Selecting the plant

When selecting a poinsettia, choose a healthy plant with dark green leaves and vibrant coloration. Avoid plants with yellow or wilting leaves, as they may be diseased or damaged.

Step 2: Planting

Poinsettias thrive in warm climates and should be planted in well-draining soil. Choose a sunny spot in your yard or landscape where the plant can receive plenty of sunlight.

Step 3: Caring for the plant

Poinsettias need to be watered regularly, but be careful not to over-water. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Fertilize the plant every two weeks with a half-strength, water-soluble fertilizer.

Step 4: Properly caring for the plant during dormant season

Poinsettias go dormant after the winter season. To prepare them for the next season, reduce watering and stop fertilizing. Place the plant in a cool, well-lighted area, such as a window sill. Resume regular care in March.

Step 5: Defending against diseases

Poinsettias can be susceptible to diseases. To keep your plants healthy, avoid over-watering and provide good air circulation. If diseases do occur, consult a plant care guide or seek advice from a gardening expert.

Thanks to Thomas Thompson for his conversations and guide on caring for poinsettias in the January 15, 2000 issue of “The Garden” magazine.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.