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  2. Wednesday, 15 April 2015
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I received an orange star plant as a gift. It says it is a perennial and I want to know if it will bloom again next year. Do I let it go dormant or keep the soil moist and it will bloom again like my poinsettia does? Thanks.
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Hi Nadine,

Orange Stars will tolerate USDA hardiness zones 7-10 and if you live within these zones you can plant them outside. If you live in a cooler zone than 7 you may want to keep them in a pot so if you can bring it inside when the weather gets cold. If they are kept in direct sunlight the leaves can get burned so keep them in an area that gets filtered light or partial shade during the day.

Since orange stars are perennials, it is possible to get them to bloom again next season. You should cut back the flower stalk to the base of the plant once the blooms are spent. This will let the plant put more energy into the bulb and store it for the next season. The foliage will also die back, so do not be alarmed when this happens! Once all the foliage has died back, do not water the bulb until you start to see new growth again in autumn. This should allow your orange star to bloom again next year! Please let me know if you have any other questions!
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