How to grow a live poinsettia tree. Christmas poinsettias can be grown into giant trees in pots or in the ground. Starting a Euphorbia pulcherrima tree.
If the only poinsettia plants you have seen are the potted holiday poinsettias, you may not realize what a whopper Euphorbia pulcherrima really is.
In its native Mexico, or anyplace where winter temperatures remain above freezing, the Christmas poinsettia plant will reach tree-like heights.
Left to itself, it will grow into a huge bush like the one in the print above. But people often prune them into trees.
Poinsettia trees planted along a lava rock wall on Maui.
When planted in the ground, the poinsettia tree becomes a giant.
These trees are growing outside a school in Chandigarh, India.
If you don't live in USDA zones 9b-11, grow your tree in a container and take it indoors for the winter. See Growing Poinsettias Indoors for winter poinsettia care instructions.
No matter where the tree will ultimately be planted it will need to be started in a small pot.
You don't want to start with a poinsettia bush because that will have multiple stems. You want a plant with a single main stem which will eventually become the tree's trunk.
The best way to get this is to start with a cutting.
There are Christmas displays made up of live poinsettia plants set into a poinsettia tree stand.
This type of poinsettia Christmas tree can range in height from 5-20 feet.
They are beautiful to look at but somewhat difficult to water. The plants at the top will dry out before the plants at the bottom. Plan on replacing a few plants here and there throughout the holiday season if you get one of these.
Beautiful, zero-maintenance, artificial poinsettia Christmas trees can be found in the Poinsettia Christmas Tree Store.
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