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December 3, 2018 at 8:06 am

Post Quotes Thompson on Why Poinsettias Are Red

Dr. Kim Thompson, photo taken in outdoor setting

Dr. Kim Thompson

Dr. Kim Thompson, Lecturer in Environmental & Plant Biology, was quoted by the Post in a story headlined “Poinsettias signify the holiday season.”

“The interesting thing about poinsettias is that their red leaves appear to be flowers,” Kim Thompson, a lecturer of environmental and plant biology, said.

Poinsettias originate from Mexico, and their red and green leaves makes them an easy Christmas favorite.

“You can regrow them in the right conditions and enjoy them after they holiday,” Thompson said. “They maintain their green foliage, but in order for them to bloom again, you have to overwinter them.”

Overwintering, like with many seasonal plants, is a long process.

It takes about eight to 12 weeks of 12 to 15 hours a day of darkness in order to get the color to bloom again,” Thompson said.

Read more in the Post.

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