The Motley Fool Discussion Boards

Previous Page

Politics & Current Events / Retire Early Liberal Edition


Subject:  Re: Five unpredictable homemade food gifts Date:  12/11/2012  9:32 AM
Author:  ariechert Number:  46745 of 136032

"I forgot to add that we are blessed/cursed w/ ~18 poinsettias thanks to #2 son's Plant Propagation class. People who visit are expected to take at least one plant w/ them<G>. We have warned relatives, already!" - polymermom

Oh yeah we did that in the one Horticulture class I took. Euphorbia pulcherrima, Poinsettia. Euphorbia is the same family as milkweed which I found rather humorous. It is a native of Mexico and the milky sap from the Poinsettia is irritating to skin and slightly toxic.

If I remember correctly (it was a long time ago) we made cuttings off the Poinsettia by making a diagonal cut about 9" from the end and then dipped it in indole acetic acid, which is a rooting hormone, and then put the ends in moist sterile potting soil. You can buy rooting hormone at garden centers.

Copyright 1996-2020 trademark and the "Fool" logo is a trademark of The Motley Fool, Inc. Contact Us