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Can poinsettia plants survive cold weather?

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Poinsettia plants are not suited for cold weather unless they are kept indoors during cool weather. The plant can be damaged by temperatures below 50 degrees.

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The poinsettia plant is native to Central America. In its natural climate, it sometimes grows to over 10 feet and looks more like a bush or shrub. The plant that many relate to Christmas has been bred over the years to be smaller and more pot friendly than it's naturally occurring counterpart. To keep a poinsettia alive, one must keep it indoors and only place it outside once any chance of frost or cool weather has passed.

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