30 November 2012

boxed up

My Poinsettia is now spending nights in a box, covered with a blanket to keep out all light. This is supposed to prompt it to form the "flowers", red leaf bracts. You have to do it very precisely for six weeks straight. I might miss a day, and of course I started way late so if I do get a red poinsettia it certainly won't be for christmas!
Anyway, it's a fun little experiment. My poinsettia is taller and has smaller leaves than those you see grown commercially; because I didn't pinch it out enough? or is it not healthy...? but I think it looks very lush in the sunshine of a southern window.

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