Poinsettias will bloom year after year if you care for them properly. The Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Service published a fantastic, simple chart that details how to make a poinsettia reflower. Simply, in March, remove the flower and cut stems to 6 inches. In June, repot the plant in a larger pot. Then plant it (in the pot) outside. In July, pinch off the lateral shoots. In late August, take the plant inside. From September 20th to December 1st, keep your poinsettia
in light from 8 AM to 5 PM only. Keep it in darkness from 5 PM to 8 AM. This will cause the poinsettia to flower by Christmas.
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Commented on Sep 30, 2012
I use a very similar recipe for my homemade detergent as well. It is great. And does have a
wonderful fragrance. Clothes are clean and fresh. I use a scoop I bought at the dollar store for the measurement, about 1/3 cup. A he washer is "high efficiency". If you have bought one in the last ten years or so, it probably is. I believe all front load washers are. Mine actually has a he emblem on the front. As far as cloth diapers, why would any detergent ruin them. I think it would be great and so much less chemical than pre-made detergent.
INSTRUCTIONS: You can see from the picture what kind of pots I used. The large basin on the bottom is plastic. You can also use a very large terra cotta saucer, but it doesn't hold much water and you have to keep refilling. I know because I tried it.
You can use any size pots you want. I like the strawberry pot because the water comes out of the holes.
The pump sits on the bottom of the big basin. You put a large size pot upside down in the big bowl to
cover the pump as you see it in the picture, then stack other pots as you like. Then you just run clear hose (Lowes) from the pump (also Lowes) up to the top saucer. You have to do a little cutting and drilling on the first pot that the pump is under. Cut out a little space on the edge of that pot so the electrical cord can run through and so that the pot can sit flat and also drill a few holes in the upper rim of that pot so water can flow inside to the pump. Since the pots already have holes in the bottom, you will only have to drill through the center of the saucers to run the hose up.
You have to use a masonry bit. They are a little expensive, but well worth it. You should get a bit large enough to drill a hole the same size as the holes in the pots. Then get a hose wide enough, but one that will easily slide through to the top. I got everything I needed at Lowes.
Put colored stones or rounded river stones (Lowes again) in the top and middle saucers for decoration. The stones will control how your water comes out of the top. Good luck. Have fun.
Commented on Jun 28, 2012
Love this. Thanks for sharing. This one on my definite to do list!