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How Does Sunset Get Poinsettias to Hang? There's a Trick. but It's Easier Than It Looks

Magazine article Sunset

How Does Sunset Get Poinsettias to Hang? There's a Trick. but It's Easier Than It Looks

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How does Sunset get poinsettias to hang? Long a tradition at Sunset's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, these colorful hanging poinsettia baskets greet visitors at our front door and hang from trees in our courtyard gardens.

Frequently, we're asked how we get a bicolored poinsettia to grow this way. The secret is that the arrangement isn't a single large plant, but actually 12 plants in a specially built plastic container.

Simply cut, drill, and fill with plants

For each basket, you need a 12-inch-diameter plastic nursery pot with slightly tapered sides; it should stand about 10 inches tall. After cutting and drilling the pot as shown, fill it with the poinsettias. Buy plants in 4-inch pots ($3 to $4 each); here, we used four white and eight red. Select same-height, single-stem plants that are not too leggy, with full blooms. You also need a block of scrap wood for drilling, sphagnum moss, potting soil, 10 feet of lightweight chain, and four 1-inch S-hooks. …

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