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yes and they will be very juicy too. I had that happen to me too with a tomato plant and also I had romaine lettuce do that too and the lettuce was dark green all the way down to the plant where you broke off the leaves so juicy too,

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What you have is just a volunteer tomato plant that grew from a tomato seed that got tossed in your compost pile. The tomatoes should be fine to eat, just as were the tomatoes from the parent plants.

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In the corner of one of my compost piles, I have a tomato plant that has some beautiful tomatoes on it.
I normally keep my compost clean, etc. but after "many" days of rain here, a tomato plant has taken off and it's tomatoes are lovely.
My question: Are these safe to eat?

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NANCY, EVEN WITH THE RAIN YOU CAN ADD THE EGGSHELLS FOR NOW AND THEN THE MILK LATER TO HELP. I KNOW IT HELPED WHEN I HAD THE SAME ISSUE THE OTHER YEAR. NOW I SAVE UP EGG SHELLS IN THE WINTER, CRUSH THEM AND POUR SOME INTO EACH HOLE I DIG FOR MY TOMATOES

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The milk is a good idea for a quick relief from the problem, but add some crushed eggshells or bonemeal for a long term solution.

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THANKS, IF IT EVER STOPS RAINING I WILL TRY THE MILK AND WATER

LOCATION,, QUEBEC, CANADA

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Mine did that when we had too much rain in my area.

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NANCY, YOU NEED CALCIUM IN THE SOIL---NOT ENOUGH----EGG SHELLS HELP BUT YOU MIGHT NEED SOMETHING QUICKER ---TRY MIXING SOME MILK WITH THE WATER WHEN YOU WATER THEM.

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OK GIRLS I NEED INFO
I PLANTED "CELEBRITY" TOMATOES,, THEY ARE SPLITTING BEFORE EVEN STARTING TO GO PALE AND TURNING BLACK WHERE THEY HAVE SPLIT,,CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN WHY?

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ME A LINK TO GO TO AS MY EYES WILL NOT LET ME READ TOO MUCH (WAITING FOR EXAM) AUGUST 8TH AND AM ANXIOUS

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The spinners worked for me when I had moles---not sure about voles though, but cheap enough to try and at least pretty and safe.

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Thanks for the info and I think I might have a box turtle and that I do know is not good because my late husband said that they can destroy the foundation of the house that they tunnel under. Found a hole around the front entrance of the house and was watching it but then we got some good heavy rains and I have not seen it being repaired. I do know that I have moles and will take care of them with the stuff that I got from Home Depot.

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I hope you win the battle! I'd be interested to hear if the spinners actually work.

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Thanks a lot! And the battle begins....

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pestkill.org/rodents/voles/ Here's the link.

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Here's a website that information on voles and how to control them.

http://pestkill.org/rodents/voles/

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One thing you could try is the spinners from the dollar store---the vibration of them spinning travels down to the ground and often drives these kinds of creatures away--and look cute, too.

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May I ask a different question, please? I see holes in the mulch which I fear are those of voles or other small animals. What is my best course of action? Thanks for any advice.

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Thank you! I'll take a look at this link.



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edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1195

this like will be easier to just click on

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Here is a link to an article on tomato blossom drop and what to do about it.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1195

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I see the topic is about tomatoes. emoticon

I have planted 3 tomato plants in my greenhouse and for some reason the blossoms are dropping and I'm getting no fruit yet. I've had blossom dropping before but only the odd one but this year all of them are dropping when I tickle them. I have added compost and fertilizer to see if that would stop it but it hasn't. The plants look healthy and growing like crazy and getting lots of blossoms. There is good air flow and I am watering them well. No fungus or pests on any of the plants. This is the first year to experience this rapid blossom dropping.

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Two years ago, everyone I had talked to had only green tomatoes. I hope this is a better year, next week we'll be up in the 80's.

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Thank you for this link! :-)
I read about tomatoes and a few other things and bookmarked the page. There's some good info there, going back to read more.

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Temperature has a lot to do with tomatoes ripening.
Here is a brief article that explains a lot of it.
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http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/tomatoesn
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Thanks for the response.
All the plants have had more than enough time for tomatoes to turn red.
I've grown them for years but this is first time I've experienced this issue. The plants themselves are doing great. most are tall and have good strong support (some over my head) except for the grape and cherries but they are turning just fine.
I guess I will pull off some of the older ones and let them ripen off the vine; the others will use for fried green tomatoes and give other ones away.
Was curious what may have happened.

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I'm not sure where you are located on the map, but I'm from the Northwest. My tomatoes probably won't get to maturity until next month. I'm glad someone is starting to eat their tomatoes. Anyone have a good recipe on canning tomatoes?

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When did you plant them? lots of varieties have different maturing dates. I know I bought 2 different kinds---one should have red ones about 20 days before the other one but all are growing tomatoes.

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My tomatoes are plentiful as usual and beautiful - but this year they are very slow turning red.
I've never experienced this and curious whats going on. I have several different varieties and they are growing normal size expected but not turning red. There are no diseases or bugs and very healthy otherwise. I am strictly organic gardener.
Any ideas why this is happening or what's going on? Thank you in advance for your help.

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Thanks for your reply comments on my Crabapple tree post!




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Agree and you can kill it if it get too much fertilizer on it

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I would trust what the garden center employee told you and ak for a recomendation of what to use. Many products encourage you to use their product for a wide range of plants and in amounts larger than needed, whick can actual harm the plant and leech into ground water.

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I have a young Ornamental Crabapple tree and I was wondering if I could use All-purpose fertilizer Miracle-Gro on it? On the container it says to use on trees.

One of the garden center worker's told me, No. What do you think?




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don't have a place like that in my yard most of my yard gets full sun

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If you plant it where it gets afternoon shade , it should be fine.

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Thanks I know that the sun did burn some of the leaves from being in the sun so I will have it in the house and not outside since the sun does get intense here.

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Just google worm bins, you will find all the information you need on how to make one as well as instructions on their use.

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Irises normally like full sun, but can do well in partial shade. Plant it so the rhizome, the thick main root, is at ground level water it in well and don't let it get too dry. Cut off any dead leaves and the parts of any leaves that have turned brown. Iris are usually tough plants so it should be fine.

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Does anyone have a worm compost? I recently saw an article in Mother Earth about worm composting and not sure how to make a compost bin for the worms.

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I got an Iris plant that someone put in the sun and it is a little damaged but it looks like it is trying to survive. How do I keep the plant from dieing and get it back to being healthy again? It was down in Ft. Lauderdale in that sun which can be real hot and burning and I brought it to Central Florida but the sun is still hot but not like it is down there.



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Thanks, I wasn't certain and did not want to say that I am unless I was sure. I also do not plant my seeds in our soil because my neighbors use chemicals on their lawns. (To them it is more important to have a weed free lawn. The sad part is, all of them that use the chemicals have wives who are battling cancer. ) So I make containers which I plant my veggies and fruits in. No way do I want to be eating food tainted with those chemicals or give them to someone.

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It sounds to me like you are pretty close to gardening organically if not there. As long as you are not using any fertilizers or other plant/soil treatments that use man made chemicals, you probably are gardening organically.

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They may sound like a silly question, but what qualifies one as an organic gardener? I use organic heirloom seed, my own compost from table scraps and coffee grounds, I make my own natural pest control sprays. What less should I be doing to call myself an organic gardener?

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Ill try the alcohol and see what happens. I also bought a product called Worry Free by Garden Tech. It's OK for Vegetable plants and house plants, and kills over 250 types of insects.

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You can swab the areas with the mealybugs with a cotton ball soak with alcohol, wait a couple of day then rinse the plant with water. You may have to repeat this process a couple of times.

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I just took at the link you sent me, so the white cotton stuff at the joints of the plant are mealy bugs. They suggested to add a pirate bug to eat the mealy bug. So then do you have to get another bug to get rid of the pirate bug? Sounds like I'll be throwing out my plants next.

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Ill try letting the soil dry first, and you're probably right about the Spider mites. I have killed a couple of spiders that are not your normal brown spiders. The Begonia's are not going to be happy, but I'll probably change the soil on them.
Sounds like I'm going to be at war with the gnats and spiders!

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The larva of fungus gnats live in the soil. While looking at links for the question I saw a suggestion to let the soil become fairly dry between waterings to help get rid of the larva. You could also try to remove the plant from the pot and get rid of all of the soil, rinsing the soil off of the roots then repotting it, again letting the soil dry out between waterings.

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I ended up having to throw mine all away when I got that the other year---I think I got ti from cheap potting soil I bought.

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Here is a link to help control several types of plant pest commonly seen house plants.
Since Add a Link doesn't seem to be working you will have to copy and paste this address

http://www.naturescontrol.com/pests.html

You may have more than one pest since the white sticky stuff could be mealybugs or spider mites.

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Hi,
I'm new to this forum, so I hope this is still on track on the subject of Christmas Cacti.
I've had my cactus for many years, but all of a sudden I have an infestation of gnats. I've sprayed with Bayers insect repellant and washed by hand each joint of the plant. Each joint has a white sticky spidery film. Of course this problem has spread to the other plants, under the leaves. I don't know what to do except toss the plants out the door, so I can control the gnats.

Please help me, I'm going crazy,
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Thank you! That's what I wasn't sure about. I had heard that they weren't really cacti. I appreciate the help!

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I also have multiples..b/c it is so easy to propagate with a stem in new dirt. Christmas cactus is a misnomer because they are NOT cacti or a succulent (like a jade). I do let mine get fairly dry between waterings though and I do fertilize when they are blooming. I have one blooming now. Also i move mine outside to the shady porch in summer.

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Someone else ask a similar question a few weeks ago.
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I have multiple Christmas cactuses that I was given, but I am not sure how to take care of them. Do they need cactus soil or regular soil? Also, how often do you water them? I know you don't water cactuses often, but they seem to wilt fast if I don't water them. Thanks!


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Will have to look into that when I get better with my arm from surgery

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Worm castings is a nice way of saying worm poop. A lot of people have worm bins directions for making and using them are all over the web. Worm castings are available at some nurseries in bags and can also be bought from some individuals who have worm farms.

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Where do you get worm casings? Interesting subject.

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Thank you again Sharjopaul for all your help!
Very good information!
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Right now mine is in a plastic barrel and they will not get into that but am make it into a tea to use on the garden. Hope it works.

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You can use worm castings the same way you use compost. Since I usually have a lot less worm castings than compost, I usually use them in smaller areas. I make compost tea out of some of them in late winter and dilute it and water my seedlings with it. I also add a little to my planting holes when I set out those seedlings to give them a little extra boost. During the growing season, when I harvest castings from my worm bin, I will sprinkle a little around any plants that are heavy feeders or look like they need a boost.
Don't bother to try to separate the casting from your compost bin, I don't hink it could be done and it just makes your compost better any way.


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Thank you Sharjopaul so very much for sharing your knowledge about that with me. You summed up in few words most of my questions I have spent time reading and couldn't get answers for on the web. :-) so I do appreciate that!
I am still not sure exactly the best way to use these worm castings though. I do make and use compost tea alot so I will try that for my house plants. I was told by the girl that gave them to me that her Dad told her that I only need to use a handful of the castings and mix it up in whatever other soil I am using, whether it be my compost or something else. Interesting to me that only a handful will be so beneficial.
Where or what would be the best place to use it? Also, since my own compost is so rich with worms, is it something I need to try - to separate and use my own castings or will it take away from my rich compost? I have read on the web about how to do that but the instructions are never as detailed as I feel I need, to be able to do it correctly.

Also, for anyone reading this - she told me that these bags of castings are affordable, under $15.00 and will go a very long way and last me all season and that they are the best fertilizer you can have - and an excellent jump start for anyone that gardens or wants to start an organic garden.


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If you have a compost pile and there are any worms around they will find it.

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Worm castings is great stuff! Generally you use is like compost. You do need to watch it if you are using it on house plants since some worm eggs can still be in the castings and you may wind up with worms in your plant soil that could escape. For that reason I usually make compost tea when I am going to use it indoors.
Redworms/redwigglers are usually used in worm bins because they adapt well to that environment. The worms in your regular compost bin are what is native to your area. Worms of most kinds are major decomposers or organic matter and help produce great compost, so don't worry about the kind of worms as long as they are around you will get good compost.
I hope this was some help if you have other questions please feel free to ask.

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SharJo will probably have some good advice on this.

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I am not sure because I am new at organic and never had the worms which I want to do but not sure how to do it. Will have to do more research on that part of the organic things.

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I have a completely organic garden year round for years and doing very well with it, although sometimes a challenge finding new ways to combat pests - but I mostly do this with the way I plant each season and including incorporating flowers and herbs within my veggies, etc, etc..
I also have 2 great compost piles and use it for everything.
My biggest compost pile is loaded with worms. I cannot scoop up a couple handfuls of the rich compost without getting the worms.
I was discussing with a friend of mine about the rich compost and the amount of worms I have noticed and the increase of them, especially the past couple years.
A couple days later she gave me a bag of her Dad's worm castings from his farm and told me to try them. I am not as knowledgeable as I should be about them and would like to know more. I have them in my compost now, of course - but cannot understand the difference between these from an older farmer that specializes in them and mine that is already incorporated within my compost. I have searched the internet and am not satisfied with the information I've read so far and a little confused at what I read as it goes all over the place.
I apologize for my question here -- but can an expert here give me good information on what the difference is from my organic home gardening and the ones I have received from this farmer and should I be separating from my pile that has the most worms the castings out and also how is the best way to use this bag of castings she gave me in my already established organic garden?

Thank you guys so much in advance for any information you can give me.
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It does sound like a good idea and it is better than that stuff that I got at a garden center that was suppose to keep cats out but did not work and I took it back and they gave me my money back and I found that if I kept the ground went that the cats did not like it either. It was a flower bed and that was in Nebraska too.

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Motion sensor that sprays water sounds like an idea I would like to try. Thank you for this tip!

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Thank you for that tip! The problem is cats being let out during the evening when I'm indoors. But if I do see one during the day, I'll try doing that too.

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Thank you! I'll have to check with our local vets and see what they say.

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Cayenne pepper will usually keep cats and a lot of other mammals out of the garden but it does need to be reapplied after rains. I have been told that putting plastic forks, tines up, every few inches will discourage cats from using the garden as a litter box. They don't like getting poked when they squat.
There is also a product, don't know the name of it, that is a motion sensor that sprays water when anything wanders into the garden that will usually deter cats.

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I think almost anything will have to be reapplied after a rain that you could use besides wire---and even fencing really is not going to keep cats out---but I think once you can break the cycle, it won't have to be done that often---and don't yell or chase them away---spray them with the hose---you will give your plants some water and the cats will hate that---even having a spray bottle handy or a water pistol.

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Don't really know , but if you use cayenne or some such, you will have to reapply it after rain. Check with the local vet and ask if there is something safe for your vegies that the cats would really not like. Someone else here might have a better idea, but there's mine! G'luck!!

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I was wondering what is the best tips/advice on how to keep neighbours' cats out of your vegetable garden? I have this problem every growing season in the spring, summer and fall of cats pooping and peeing in my gardens and it's so frustrating. I have put garden scraps on any open plots and I've sprinkled onion bits, spices and so on to keep them out. When it rains of course the spices dissolve away.

I don't want to put chicken wire fencing around my plots. I want to try other methods first.

Any tips/advice on dealing with this cat problem in my gardens?



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Thanks folks. I forgot how dry the air is in here and so she just must need a drink more often.

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Roses, that is where I am thinking to keep mine---but I do need to transplant it to a bigger pot.

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The article DJ4HEALTH had in her reply is a pretty good one.
Be sure your pot has good drainage and check regularly to see if the plant needs water. This time of year, indoor air tends to be very dry so plants may need watering more often than most people think they will.

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I have mine in my laundry room in a window facing the east. It is doing pretty good there and I think it likes it there as it is not too hot in there except when doing laundry.

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My grandmother always kept hers in the front bedroom where she kept the heat closed unless someone was coming to stay---so it was a cool room---and she had really pretty one---always seemed to bloom at Christmas time for her, too. But I think they need some light each day.

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Cactus are used to extreme temps so you might want to see how often you need to water it.

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I GOT A CHRISTMAS CACTUS FOR A GIFT AT THANKSGIVING AND IT BLOOMED AND WAS PRETTY. IT'S LOOKING PRETTY SAD, NOW. I KNOW THE BLOOMING STOPS, BUT IT'S LEAVES LOOK REALLY SAD. IT GET'S PRETTY COLD IN THE HOUSE AT NIGHT......SOMETIMES INTO THE MID 50'S. COULD THIS BE A FACTOR OR MAYBE JUST NEEDS A DRINK, BUT THEN I'M A BIT AFRAID I GIVE IT TOO MUCH. IF THE TEMPS ARE A FACTOR, I WILL NEED TO FIND IT A NEW HOME THAT ACTUALLY STAYS WARM AT NIGHT. THANKS!

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If I want to get one to re-bloom, I trim off all of the leaves and a little of the stem and put it in a dark closet for at least 6 months and bring it out gradually, slowly increasing watering.

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Pointsettias take some work to get to re-bloom for next Christmas season but can be worth the effort. The re-blooming requires proper pruning and controlling the amount of light the plant gets at certain times.
Here are a couple of links on their care.

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At this time of year, would be nice to have pointers on what to do with the Pointsettias we all seem to have.

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