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Re-bloom your poinsettias
photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation
MDC reports antlerless
deer harvest numbers
reliminary data from the Missouri Department
of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer
hunters in Missouri harvested 6,585 deer
during the antlerless portion of the fall
ﬁrearms deer season, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Top harvest
counties were Callaway with 261, Osage with 201
and Pike with 193 deer checked. Last year's harvest
total was 7,773.
Archery deer hunting continues through Jan. 15.
The alternative methods portion will run Dec. 22 to
For more information on deer hunting in
Missouri, see MDC's 2018 Fall Deer & Turkey
Hunting Regulations and Information booklet,
available where permits are sold and also online at
For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals
by season, county and type of deer, visit the MDC
website at on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew.
For harvest summaries from past years, visit
ed darkness each day.
In the Midwest, that length occurs about Sept.
25. This triggers the ﬂowering response, which in
turn leads to the formation of the colorful bracts.
In late September, set the poinsettia in a dark
closet every evening at sunset and remove it the
following morning after sunrise. This practice can
be discontinued when color development of the
bracts is well underway
Don't be discouraged if your yearlong effort
does not produce a plant as beautiful as it was the
year before, David says. "Even the best conditions indoors provide considerably less
light than the greenhouse the plant
was produced in originally. However,
it is worth the effort to see the phenomenon of leaves turning into colorful bracts at least one time by
re-blooming a poinsettia."
More information about poinsettia care is available in the MU Extension guide "Care of Flowering Potted
hat leftover holiday plant can burst again
if given tender, loving care. "The care given
a poinsettia following the holiday season
largely will dictate whether or not the plant
lives to see another Christmas," says University
of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
Re-blooming a poinsettia isn't easy, but is
interesting and rewarding. Keep your plant in a
bright window through winter. It probably will
not make much active growth, therefore fertilize
After the frost danger has passed,
move the plant, with pot, outdoors
to a well-lit location. Water and
fertilize throughout spring and
summer. The plant should make
signiﬁcant growth. When this
happens, trim the plant 6 to 8
inches to make it more compact
and move indoors.
Poinsettias bloom only when
receiving about 13 hours of uninterrupt-
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