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Old 01-15-2011, 08:10 PM
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A Double Take


Well, I couldn't believe this today, and had to take a double take.

'Jingle Bells' Poinsettia
After close inspection, I saw a bud/bract on another branch or two.

A pic of the plant

I bought 'Jingle Bells' back in December of 2009 and enjoyed her for the holidays, planted in early spring of 2010 and here she is in 2011. I am hoping she will make it thru our winter. I've been covering her when we have freezing temps.

Are there any poinsettia growers out there? Share your stories please.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:45 PM
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I saved one from the office after Christmas last year and put it out in my flower beds in the late spring.

I took this right before the 1st heavy frost.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:10 PM
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Here's my friend Marguerite's - it's about 10 feet tall. I pulled mine up when it was about 8 feet tall to make room for a pear tree....

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:40 PM
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Hi Michele, good to see you. And wow, your poinsettia looks just great. Anything special you are doing for her continued growth and protection? How did it do after your first heavy frost?

Hello lorax, love your friend Marguerite's poinsettia. Yall are so lucky living in zone 13 and having those lovely tropicals living and thriving as well. How's your pear tree doing?
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:13 PM
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Thats the luck of the warm weather growers.

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Old 01-18-2011, 09:28 AM
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FD, the pear tree is doing marvellously - and I'm waiting on pears! Last year we only got three fruits off the tree, but this year we have three big bunches like this - 15 pears! We're hoping that it will produce even more next year.

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Old 01-18-2011, 12:56 PM
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That is great I love pears

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My Pointsettia bloomed for me this year as well, it is from last year.

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Old 01-19-2011, 05:50 PM
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Very good.
Your green thumb must bloom also.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:56 PM
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Wow Lorax! I thought Pear trees required a cold season, and your in zone 13! I saved the seed from some pears I ate this summer, stratified them in my fridge, and so far have 3 sprouting.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:01 PM
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wONDER IF THEY WILL GROW TRUE?

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Old 01-19-2011, 06:19 PM
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I don't think so, I don't care if they grow true, I don't even remember what kind of pear they came from.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:25 PM
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OK

i HAVE A HUGE PEAR TREE, ONLY GOOD FOR EATING RAW.
i CANNED SOME, HORRIBLE.
i NOW BUY STORE ONES CANNED.

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Old 01-20-2011, 08:46 AM
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The poinsettias died after the first frost. I brought some more home from the office this year, but they were in bad shape and one has already died.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by skayc1 View Post:
Wow Lorax! I thought Pear trees required a cold season, and your in zone 13! I saved the seed from some pears I ate this summer, stratified them in my fridge, and so far have 3 sprouting.
My altitude is a very large factor in my being able to grow pears (or apples, as my next-door neighbour does.) I don't have frost hours, but during my "winter" it has been known to drop to about +5 C for extended periods. This simply doesn't occur below about 9,000 feet, which is why pears, apples, plums, cherries, and peaches/peachpricots are all called "highland fruit" here.

This same cooler winter also allows me to grow adapted Irises. Which is lovely, because they bloom almost year-round if we get a week of cloudy weather here and there!

The other factor is that I'm working with tropical-adapted stock. The pears I grow are an heirloom variety called 'Ambato Red' and they've been here since about 1500, slowly but slowly adapting to the height and environment of Ambato and Pelileo, specifically. This type won't grow anywhere else - other highlands have their own cultivars. The neigbour's apples, for example, are very different from those of my friends in Quito.

The photo doesn't show scale very well, but those are not big fruits - they're about the size of ping-pong balls at their biggest. I can't grow large-fruiting varieties unless I move back to Loja, where the summer temperatures are more consistently hot with rain at night.
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