How to Root Poinsettia Cuttings

An old Mr. Digwell cartoon breaks down the basics of taking and rooting poinsettia cuttings.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
January/February 1979
Add to My MSN

This old British cartoon gives basic advice on caring for and rooting poinsettia cuttings.
ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF


Content Tools

Related Content

A Cardboard Pet Carrier the Homemade Way

This simple cardboard pet carrier project is great for the little rascals in your life.

Build an Outhouse With 1909 Plans

The "Household Discoveries" book from 1909 instructs how to build an outhouse, with plans simple eno...

Come On Along

Last Thursday, just as Martha Stewart was winding down her “Going Green Week” , the New York Times r...

Filtering Rainwater in a Barrel

A 1909 household-hints book reveals old-time method of filtering rainwater for drinking.

The Mr. Digwell cartoon — as you may or may not know — was originally created for readers of the London Daily Mirror which explains why its advice is often couched in peculiarly British terms. Despite the occasionally strange language, however, we think you’ll find Mr. D’s gardening tips interesting and useful on this side of the pond, too. This tip is about caring for poinsettias.

Poinsettia Cuttings

After the poinsettia is done flowering — the flowers in the center of the red leaves — remove the dead heads. Keep the plants just moist.

In April cut back stems to 6-inches. Water well, stand in a light, warm place. Shoots will show soon.

When shoots are, say, 4-inches long take cuttings just below a leaf joint.

Rooting Poinsettia Cuttings

Dip the cuttings straight into water to stop ‘bleeding.’

Then, plant in equal parts peat and sharp sand. Stand pots in warmth. When roots form, pot with compost.


See the Image Gallery for a closer look at the Mr. Digwell cartoon. 








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.