christmas poinsetta problems

dirt_farmer(6)March 25, 2013

I have a poinsettia that i was trying to keep as a houseplant.
Its about 18 months old. In the summer I put the plant outside were it lost its large leaves and replaced them with much smaller ones ( about one quarter the size ) and a light green versus the dark green on the large leaves.
Winter time I brought it back in house and only a few miniature leaves remain. Its cold were I live and occasionally the summer night temperature will drop below 50 degree's. I put the plant under a fluorescent light all winter with no improvement . there are only a few leaves that remain.

Is it possible to get this plant to bring back its large leaves ?

And why do I have miniature leaves now ?

Thanks for any replies

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steiconi(12a-Big Island, HI)

Did you repot it? If not, it could be pot bound. And are you fertilizing it? Maybe it's hungry!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 2:25PM
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Yes I re-potted it and even had it planted in the garden during the summer without any pot at all. It also has gotten fertilized as well. I have had stunted vegetable plants as well. I don't know if it makes a difference or not but my garden soil is very acidic to the point growing spring onions in it is not possible.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:21PM
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It sounds as if it is in a draft and not warm enough (it's from Mexico) and that it's not receiving enough strong light. They don't like direct sun nor much water. Also, check for spider mites - they LOVE this plant!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 8:45AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Agreed, but some morning or late afternoon direct exposure that far north might be necessary, eased into, not suddenly thrust. It would also not appreciate having soggy roots in the cold, let it dry out if wet.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 4:38PM
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