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are usually received as gifts. The glorious blooms last for a number of weeks, especially if the plants are in the early stages of bud development when bought. However, they are quite impossible to keep as houseplants from year to year. It is far better to throw-away a plant that has stopped flowering, and to buy another – they are still excellent value.
The plants have been specially treated with dwarfing chemicals and given artificial light or darkness to control day-length, to encourage out-of-season flowering. If the plants are saved and grown on they will usually grow to a height quite unsuitable for a houseplant. and flower at a different time – usually a tier a long period of readjustment to natural daylength.