Pointsetta

Asked April 19, 2017, 8:50 AM EDT

Hello, I'm about ready to cut back my pointsettas. My question - I have a large one I re potted last Spring and cut back. This year when cutting back can I go below last years cuts or do I need to prune back to just above last years cuts? This plant is beautiful, however; i think last year I did not cut down way enough so I have the green leaves starting midway and going up - nothing from soil level to about midway up the stems. Hope that makes sense! I'm thinking if I can cut back lower I'll have more leaf/stem growth at a lower level vs. midway. Thanks!

Hennepin County Minnesota poinsettias houseplants horticulture

1 Response

You should leave 2-3 leaves on the branches you cut back. New growth comes from the buds in the axils of these leaves. Read here about keeping poinsettias:
http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/vista/html_pubs/point/point.htm
http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/poinsett.htm

Since keeping poinsettias across seasons is hard here, many people just chuck them after the holidays and get new plants next season.