How to prune the Easter flower
All plants require basic care to maintain good health, grow and reproduce. The Easter flower is no exception. This plant, also known as poinsetia, Poinsettia, Christmas plant, Christmas plant, Christmas bush, shepherdess, Easter, Christmas Eve flower (Euphorbia pulcherrima), is very popular at Christmas because it is when it blooms and the red color of its bracts, which look like leaves, especially attracts attention, but it must have all its vital needs covered so that it can be preserved in good condition beyond the Christmas season.
Many people buy the Easter flower at Christmas to decorate the home or give it to a loved one, so it is very important that they know all the details about the care they need. How and when to prune Poinsettia is one of the most common doubts regarding the care of this plant. Therefore, in a info-grinik, we have prepared this guide with tips that will help you if you want to discover how to prune the Easter flower, which time of year is the most suitable to do it, the appropriate tools and, in addition, how to preserve the Easter flower from one year to the next, since there is no reason to throw it away after Christmas. Take note of all the steps and tips!
When to prune the Easter flower
We begin by clarifying when the Easter flower (Euphorbia pulcherrima) should be pruned. The best time to prune the Easter flower, also known as Christmas flower and Poinsettia, is in the winter, at the end of January. This is the time when the plant loses both red bracts and green leaves, that is, the ideal point to prune it.
The climate is also decisive in this sense, influencing the fall of flowers and leaves and bracts. If this happens before or after winter, you can also prune the plant at that time.
Tools to prune the Easter flower
You will need the following tools or materials to prune the poinssetia or Christmas plant:
- Specific scissors for pruning plants.
- Alcohol to sterilize the scissors before proceeding to prune, thus preventing the plant from becoming ill.
- Melted wax or healing paste for plants to seal possible wounds caused by cuts in the plant, protecting it from pests or diseases. We recommend reading this other article about the most common diseases of Poinsettia in case any could affect your plant.
How to prune the Easter flower step by step
Making cuttings of the Easter flower will allow you to reproduce it and transplant these new and small plants. To achieve this, it is essential that when pruning this Christmas plant correctly you not only remove the old or sick parts, but also cut some young and healthy parts to make the cuttings. Learn how to prune the Easter flower step by step with these instructions:
- Prune the stems of this Christmas plant and choose the 4 that are in the best condition to reproduce it, if you are interested in multiplying it. Make the cuts at a height of approximately 10 cm and prune the rest of the stems and branches, especially if you detect that they are rotten or weakened.
- When you finish pruning, seal with melted wax or healing paste the wounds caused in the plant by pruning cuts. Thus, you will protect it from possible pests or diseases.
- Observe the state of the roots of the plant: if they have grown a lot and protrude through the drainage holes of the pot, it is preferable to transplant it to a larger pot. Try to release them by moving them with your hand carefully, so you will favor their optimal development and if you see some in very bad condition or with fungi, prune these roots. After completing the transplant to another larger pot with a new substrate, he fertilizes Poinsettia.
- Place the plant in a bright area. When new shoots begin to appear, clamp these shoots to create a stimulus in their growth. Optionally, it clamps the shoots again in the middle of summer, especially in the highest areas of the branches. With the grips of the new shoots you contribute to the plant producing a greater number of lateral shoots and being able to bloom more.
- Finally, prune often the branches and leaves that you see in poor condition or that are dry so that, in this way, they are not an impediment to the development of the Easter flower or remove nutrients from the parts that are in good health. Thus, it is not necessary to wait until the end of January and it is better to do a maintenance, even if in January a more drastic pruning is done.
How to take care of an Easter flower
After helping you discover how to prune the Easter flower, in a HOWTO we give you the following tips to know how to take care of an Easter flower so that it lasts until next Christmas:
- It transplants the plant once a year to favor the development of the roots and, thus, the rest of the plant.
- You can place it outside if you are in an area where there is no frost. Keep in mind that poinssetia is unable to withstand climates with great frosts. In case of living in places with such extreme temperatures, choose to transplant it into a larger indoor pot.
- The Easter flower requires a vegetative rest: try to place it inside the house in winter and until spring begins, in areas whose temperature is not high, that is, avoiding contact with heating or other similar devices. Otherwise, this Christmas plant will not achieve vegetative rest. In addition, during this time it reduces irrigation, once a week it is enough.
- In the flowering stage you will need more water, so you will have to increase irrigation in this period (at least twice a week). After, a period that will coincide with the vegetative rest, a weekly frequency will serve to keep the plant in good condition.
- On the fertilizer for the Easter flower, it needs small contributions of fertilizer mixed with the water used for irrigation, especially in the flowering stage. Choose the use of a slow-release fertilizer or organic fertilizers: they are applied in small doses and in periods of 10 days.
- The plant needs to be in places of good lighting, but avoiding direct contact with the sun’s rays.
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