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Reviving a Failing Poinsettia

Don’t compost that failing poinsettia that appears to be near death. Try reviving and repurposing it for the remainder of the holidays.

Start by pouring off any excess water that has collected in the bottom of the foil or decorative container.  Add a few stones to elevate the plant above any excess water that collects in the future.

Move the plant to a cool bright location and only water thoroughly when the top few inches of soil are starting to dry.

Use greens, evergreen cones and berry-laden branches to fill in voids left by fallen leaves.

Or use the colorful bracts, we call flowers, as cut flowers in a vase. Cut the stem to the desired length. Remove the lowest leaves and set in a clean vase filled with fresh water.  Add a few colorful ornaments or cranberries inside the vase and a bit of greenery for a stunning centerpiece.

A bit more information: Poinsettia is named for Joel Poinsett. He was a botanist, physician and ambassador to Mexico. He discovered the plant growing in his home in Southern Mexico, sent cuttings back to the states making him the first to introduce it to the U.S. in 1828.

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