Poinsettia - how long can it live?

shari_norway(Zone 6, Norway)December 12, 2002

I have a friend who received a poinsettia last year for Christmas. Somehow she managed to keep it alive and it was huge, at least 18" tall and as wide. Lots of leaves, very bushy. She really wanted to keep it, even if it never bloomed again, but it died quite suddenly. They hadn't chanegd anything so can't figure out what happened.

Does anyone know the lifespan of a poinsettia plant? That's the only thing I can think of, that perhaps it just reached the end of its life.



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Clare(z6 MO)

A poinsettia should be able to live for years. They tend to be very rugged, forgiving plants. I think they do need a dry season. Perhaps that is a clue. In their native environment, poinsettias grow to shrubs or small trees.

These are very, very common as houseplants inthe USA and are usually sold from November through December already at the size you mention. I have seen them grown to four feet (around 1.5m) kept in a sunny window.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2002 at 9:57AM
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In the tropics they're perennials, planted often outdoors in the ground. They get those coloiured bracts every year when the nights get longer (ie in winter) provided they get really dark nights, not disturbed by any kind of lighting.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2003 at 6:06AM
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Old thread I know, but the one I've got is 5 years old

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 1:02PM
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