Apartment plants

Pruning of the Christmas star


Question: was it right to prune my plant?


hello, I would like to know when the Christmas star leaves grow after the pruning done around February and if it is wrong to do it in that period. Thanks

Pruning the poinsettia: Answer: pruning the poinsettias


Dear Carmela,
poinsettias are plants belonging to the euphorbia genus, native to Mexico, evergreen; in nature they become large shrubs, up to 3-4 meters high, very well branched. Life in pots unfortunately is not completely suited to this type of euphorbie, which in Italy can only be grown as houseplants. Growing in pots, these large shrubs tend over time to lose most of the foliage in the lower part of the stem, and to grow in a disordered way. For this reason, at the end of winter, the low plant is pruned, shortening all the branches; in this way the development of dense and compact shrubs is stimulated, with healthy and dark leaves. So, you did very well to prune your spurge in February-March. Generally, after pruning, it takes a few weeks before sprouting.
Later, you will be able to see a dense, vigorous and lush shrub, only around June-July, when the plant has had time to fully develop the leaves. Clearly, in addition to pruning it, the plant will also be watered, every time the soil is dry, and fertilized every 12-15 days. Avoid watering excessively, or leaving the soil always damp: the euphorbias can easily withstand short periods of drought, and fear water stagnation; for this reason it is watered only when the ground appears dry; if you don't remember when you watered it, dip a finger in the ground: if it is moist and cool, it returns watering. Also the fertilizer is important, especially for potted plants; choose a fertilizer that also contains microelements, such as iron, so that it acts as a complete fertilizer. Another important factor is the light: the euphorbias love very bright positions, with maybe a few hours of direct sunlight, during the coolest hours of the day. As long as they are at home, they also need some vaporizing of the foliage, in order to increase the environmental humidity; once moved outside, during the summer season, the air outside the house is usually already sufficiently damp.