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Poinsettias

Last week I bought one of Marks' lovely Poinsettias. But it seems most unhappy - shedding its leaves as though they were dandruff. Anyone any ideas? The room is certainly not too hot. Could it be too cold? Not enough light? Too wet in the pot? Too dry? - though it the compost seems nicely medium damp. At this rate by Christmas all I shall have left will be a bunch of twigs.

Posted at 14th Dec 2008 - 11:08PM   Posted by Fennie   Poinsettias Comments: 8

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Blossomcottage's Avatar Sounds very much to me as if the plant has got White Fly, look under the leaves with a magnifying glass you might well be able to see them. I would be inclined to take it back to M and S if you have had it that short a time.
Blossom

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 15th Dec 2008 at 07:22AM

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Toady's Avatar They can suffer from shock. Did it get cold between the shop and home? Take it back and get another one.

Posted by: Toady on 15th Dec 2008 at 07:55AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar They are actually very sensitive plants and don't like getting cold - they get little white beads of moisture on the leaves if they get cold. I doubt there is anything you can do Withy - once they start shedding leaves it is pretty much impossible to stop. I used to buy one every year and they all used to lose their leaves. They do hate hot rooms, but also hate the cold. If you put Poinsettia care into google it comes up with quite a few sites - although they all seem to be American.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 15th Dec 2008 at 10:27AM

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Milla's Avatar Or even Fennie. Blimey WW, more member identification probs - Ginger, Tiggy's husband, some other thing Jane picked up on and now Poinsettia owners. Tut tut. To the San with you forthwith. And, yes, we have begun to notice: Keep taking the tablets.

Posted by: Milla on 15th Dec 2008 at 11:30AM

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Withy Brook's Avatar In fact WW I would not be asking that question!! Fennie - It is almost certainly because it got cold on the way home. It should have been carefully wrapped by the shop so that no cold air could impact on the leaves. Otherwise, it sounds as though you are treating it right. Take it back, make sure the replacement is properly wrapped by someone who knows what they are doing - or ask for a refund and get one from someone who does!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th Dec 2008 at 11:40AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Gawd still a bit hung over I think Embarassed

Posted by: Westerwitch on 15th Dec 2008 at 11:44AM

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Milla's Avatar It is odd that these plants are so redolent of Christmas and such finnicky things! The consensus seems to be to take it back Fennie. But don't shout or you'll make WW come over all queasy.

Posted by: Milla on 15th Dec 2008 at 01:17PM

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Fennie's Avatar Thanks, so much, to you all. I feel so much better about the Poinsettia.
Maybe I'll put the fan heater on for it, or a hot water bottle on the pot.
It maybe a shedding Poinsettia, but it's still a Poinsettia and deserves someone to look after it. If I take it back to the shop it will just be skipped.

Posted by: Fennie on 15th Dec 2008 at 02:29PM

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