Poinsettias are usually disposed of after the Christmas season, although with a little care they can live for many years. To do this, the poinsettias should be cut back regularly to keep them vital and in shape.
Cut poinsettias? Why? They are seasonal plants that – as soon as they lose their colorful bracts – are usually disposed of like a disposable bottle. But did you know that the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is actually a meter-high shrub with a woody trunk that, with the right care, can beautify our home for many years? Further culture is definitely worthwhile, the results are ever larger and larger specimens from year to year.
Practical tips for cutting poinsettias
Unwooded shoots are quite soft and easily squashed. Use sharp scissors for cutting and wear gloves if possible, as the poinsettia is poisonous. A milky, skin-irritating juice emerges from all interfaces – as is also the case with other milkweed plants. Immediately after cutting, hold a flame on the wound for a short time, this will stop the milky juice.
In its tropical home, the poinsettia grows into a shrub or tree up to six meters high
Cut back as a regular beauty regimen
Dried shoots are not uncommon, because poinsettias are very sensitive when it comes to water: once you overlook excess water in the cachepot, the shoots will wither. On the other hand, ball dryness also leads to the same result. Wet bales can often be saved by wrapping a thick sheet of kitchen paper; bales that are too dry are dipped under water until no more bubbles appear. If some shoots still do not recover afterward, they should be cut back. Otherwise, generally cut off all shoots that are damaged or kinked, cross over or just dance out of line.
Dried up shoots and leaves can simply be cut off
Cut poinsettias to keep them in shape
Whether through one-sided exposure, broken shoots, or after a pest attack: Poinsettias that have grown out of the mold should be cut back. Poinsettias grow out of shape quickly, especially in places that are too dark and get so-called geil shoots – long, thin and soft shoots that break off easily and are easy to eat for pests or fungi – put them away and cut the shoots off without hesitation. However, the plant then needs a new location, otherwise, nothing has been gained. It should be light, warm, and not too wet.
If you are dissatisfied with the overall appearance of the plant, you can boldly prune the whole plant back, even into the wood. The new shoot a few weeks later then becomes bushier. If you grow poinsettias for several years, you cut them back after flowering and cut all shoots by half. But only in March, then the sunlight is already more intense and the shoots have it easier. After the pruning, the poinsettia is repotted, from the end of May, the poinsettias spend the summer in a bright place without the blazing sun in the garden.
That is also possible: cut poinsettias as vase flowers
Poinsettias also cut a fine figure as cut flowers in the vase
Everyone knows poinsettias in pots, but the plants are also perfect vase flowers or ingredients for arrangements with floral sponges, where they are ideally arranged with natural materials. Solid, green, and unwooded shoots are possible.