Does anyone know what this plant is? Pic included!

(15 Posts)
ASheepInWolfsClothing Thu 27-Oct-16 10:51:17

My friend just gave it to me, I'm good with cacti grin so and advice would be welcome! Thanks smile

NanTheWiser Thu 27-Oct-16 12:04:32

How relevant is the cactus experience? It looks vaguely like an overgrown Poinsettia - Euphorbia pulcherrima but I am probably way of the mark there!

shovetheholly Thu 27-Oct-16 12:54:26

ummmmmm... not sure at all.

Can you give us a bit more to work with? Is it a houseplant or an outdoor plant? A photo from a bit further away would be useful!

Looks a bit like an older woody fuschia to me, but there are so many things it could be...

ASheepInWolfsClothing Thu 27-Oct-16 15:18:17

NanTheWiser the cacti reference is about me not being very good with plants grin in fact cacti are just about the only ones I can keep aliveblush. Here's a better picture, I actually don't have any more info shovetheholly ( great name btw!) my friend threw it at me on her way to work, she got it from her ex who she wants nothing to do with. I quite like it, she wanted to bin it!

NanTheWiser Thu 27-Oct-16 16:31:29

Well, this is E. pulcherrima (Poinsettia), and I think it has a similar look to it as yours - I'm assuming it is an indoor plant? If you pick a leaf off, does it bleed white milky sap? (If so, don't get it on your skin as it could irritate...)

ASheepInWolfsClothing Thu 27-Oct-16 17:50:14

Aha! I think you are right thank you flowers
It does bleed milky stuff and it looks exactly like that picture!
Off to google how to not kill it nowsmile

NanTheWiser Thu 27-Oct-16 18:00:17

Don't overwater it - it originates from Mexico, and is quite succulent. Some tips here: www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=146

Getting the red bracts to develop can be tricky, as it needs to be kept completely dark at night from November onwards (as that link explains).

ASheepInWolfsClothing Thu 27-Oct-16 18:14:07

Great link thanks ! It says to repot in spring/April it's in a small pot for the size of the plant, should I just leave it? Would I risk killing it if I repot now?

NanTheWiser Thu 27-Oct-16 18:23:20

It'll probably be OK to leave it for now - it's not a good time of year for repotting, spring would be much better, and you could also prune it when you repot it.

KarmaNoMore Thu 27-Oct-16 18:25:31

It is a poinsettia, and that milky liquid is quite poisonous. May be a good idea to keep it away of children and pets.

lazydog Thu 27-Oct-16 20:43:07

As KarmaNoMore points out - definitely a toxic houseplant and one we can't have in our house as our cat is too stupid not to eat it!

shovetheholly Fri 28-Oct-16 09:02:17

Nan - you are brilliant at this!!

NanTheWiser Fri 28-Oct-16 14:55:19

Awww, you're too kind shove! And you're a pretty good hot shot yourself!

TheNoodlesIncident Fri 28-Oct-16 23:38:57

I'm sure I've read somewhere about putting poinsetta in a black plastic binliner to bring it on for Christmas, the dark encouraging development of flower buds. Or am I imagining that...?

No, I've found an article here

<phew>

ASheepInWolfsClothing Sun 30-Oct-16 11:24:23

That's very informative TheNoodles thanks for that! I'll start covering it up tonight, there's no room in my house that would be dark for long enough! I'm determined to not kill this plant grin

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