I have a Poinsettia that I've been caring for since xmas. I've taken a look at online guides and they all seem to be focused on making the leaves turn red near xmas.
Is this a process that's crucial to the life of a Poinsettia? What happens if I treat it as a regular house plant (i.e. just regular care, without the whole complete darkness process)? Does it just die off by itself after a while?
I'm interested in keeping it alive for as long as I can and turn it into a large bush, rather than have its leaves turn red each xmas.
I haven't done much more than watering it so far, while keeping it in indirect sunlight in a ~22 C room.
It had about three or four leaves that covered the surface of the soil entirely, all of them having large edges that were sort of rusty and completely dry (the edges stopped advancing in the past couple of months), sort of like this:
I cut those leaves off and revealed that the plant also started branching out from near the start of the stem.