By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When I was a kid, I remember hearing garden reports about what to do with your poinsettia.

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It was complicated, there were a lot of steps to it as I recall – you were supposed to put your poinsettia in the attic for several months of the year or something – and it was one of the things that made me dislike houseplants in general and think I’d never want to be a gardener.
OK, so I changed my mind about gardening, but not about poinsettias.

Yes, apparently it’s possible to keep your poinsettia going for years if you like. I don’t. It seems to me they last too long already. I let them stay until Valentine’s Day because they’re red, but past that, I’m ready for the pastel colors of spring. So, I’m sure you can find all kinds of information about how to save your poinsettia from year to year, but here’s what I’m doing with mine: as soon as I’m sick of it, I’m tossing it in the compost pile.

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Remember: if a plant is making you feel pressure instead of pleasure, you don’t need permission to give it away or move it along. There’ll be plenty more poinsettias next year.

But…if you really do want to try to keep your poinsettia growing, here’s some info:

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GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org.