Q. I rescued a poinsettia at Christmas time. It was in sad shape, but did proper watering and it came around and put forth beautiful red bracts. I’ve continued to care for it and it’s still growing. Should I repot it? Try to keep it growing? Does it need to go in a closet? What do I do for this plant? – C.H., Albuquerque
A. From your using the word bract in your question, I think you know more than you’re letting on.
For everyone else, bract is the term for the colored “leaves” that poinsettias wear once they are triggered to come into bloom. They aren’t leaves at all, but a specialized structure that serves as “runway lights” for pollinating bugs to be guided to the flower better.
Anyway, from the photo that was sent to me, I’ll say yes, it’s time to repot. It looks like it’s living in a 4-inch pot, so I’d suggest a pot no bigger than an 8-inch pot. The pot MUST drain too. Don’t forget a saucer.