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#794853 - 12/01/12 07:30 PM Re: Getting plants as gifts? [Re: Lori-Dreams]  
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Hi Lori,

As far as I know the ones we get at Christmas time in small pots are especially bred as it were for the season, but in my back garden I have two large (small) trees - about 12' x 6' - which bloom annually but are deciduos.

I need to do a bit more research on this. Our trees in my garden seem to thrive on neglect! The grow on such a steep slope, I cannot get up there so they're not pampered at all with extra watering or food etc. They are a real joy to see in bloom too!

Cheers now

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#794856 - 12/01/12 07:45 PM Re: Getting plants as gifts? [Re: Lestie - ContainerGardens]  
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It is very "German" to have a least one poinsettia, preferably red, over Christmas, and guests bring them also.

One reason I was told was that it was a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem, which led the three magi, or wise men, to the place where Christ was born. And of course there have been relics (supposedly) of the Three Kings lying in Cologne for hundreds of years.

Managed to keep several going for many years, but the red bracts, the upper portion of the leaves, never regained their color. They grew and grew but remained stubbornly green.

Still looked attractive though.



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