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Widower continues caring for wife’s plant after her passing and is amazed at how it grows
Frankie's wife left him with a poinsettia she had won just days before her passing. When he started caring for it, it quickly began to change.
Jessica Adler
01.03.23

Some things in life aren’t always so easy to explain.

That’s why miracles exist.

A Halifax man named Frankie Allison knows this all too well thanks to his “miracle plant.”

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His story began 19 Christmases ago.

It was Christmas Eve, and Frankie’s wife Maxine won a contest at a call-in radio show.

As a reward for her success, she received a small poinsettia.

Sadly, only three days later, Maxine passed away from a heart attack, leaving her husband – and her plant – behind.

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Frankie was heartbroken, but the last thing he was thinking about was the plant that she had just received.

He decided to get rid of it.

But, the next thing he knew, it began to change right before his eyes.

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The poinsettia began growing and growing.

These types of plants do not usually grow for that long. They tend to be more of a seasonal plant, and most of them do not last longer than the holiday season.

However, this one kept growing and growing for years to come.

When CBC News covered the story in 2016 – it had been growing for 19 years.

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It didn’t just stay alive.

It actually kept growing that whole time. So, over time, it grew into an absolutely massive poinsettia.

The festive red plant got so big, that Frankie didn’t even need a Christmas tree.

Instead, he simply strings the poinsettia with lights.

But he doesn’t just take care of it during the holiday season. He takes care of it all year long, making sure it continues to grow as a tribute to his late wife’s memory.

Frankie believes Maxine’s spirit is what keeps the plant growing so strong, especially since she had received it just days before she passed away.

He feels like it is his responsibility to make sure it continues to survive.

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Loved ones say it’s a “miracle plant.”

Frankie waters the plant twice a week (that’s all it needs).

He also regularly gives it fertilizer. And while it looks amazing all year long, it is most magical during the holiday season.

Not only is that the time it’s most appropriate, but it’s also when his beloved wife passed away, and he wants to keep her in his memories for as long as possible.

While Frankie may not be able to spend time with Maxine anymore, he can still enjoy this beautiful reminder of her life and her presence.

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It is a giant among poinsettias.

It’s over 5 feet tall and weighs over 100 pounds.

That’s all from the very small plant it started out as.

It wasn’t large at all when Maxine got it, but now it’s bigger than her husband could have ever thought possible.

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And the strangest part?

Poinsettias are only supposed to last a few months growing inside. That’s why they are mostly used around the holiday season instead of appearing in people’s houses year-round.

But this plant has lasted almost 20 years – that’s a very long time.

Maxine’s husband takes this to mean that his late wife is still looking down on him and taking care of him in her own way.

Plant specialists say that they have never seen anything like it. It’s quite unusual for this sort of plant to grow so tall, strong, and sturdy.

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Frankie may not have ever planned on sharing such a profound connection with his wife’s plant, but there’s no question that’s exactly what’s happened.

Knowing how unusual it is for poinsettias to grow like this, and indeed, unheard of, it’s no surprise Frankie plans to keep it “for years to come.”

Learn more about the connection between Frankie and his wife’s “miracle plant” in the below video!

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By Jessica Adler
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Jessica Adler is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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