December 6, 2002
Flowering houseplants associated with the Christmas season include the poinsettia, Christmas cactus, amaryllis, and cyclamen. After the holidays, the fate of these plants becomes a dilemma for some people. All can be kept to bloom again another year. The Christmas cactus, for example, is an easy to grow plant, which can be kept for many years. Others are best discarded.
If given proper care in the home, poinsettias should retain their colorful bracts for 2 or 3 months. Toss the poinsettia when you grow tired of it or it becomes unattractive.