Bachman’s tips: holiday poinsettias
Posted by Susan Bachman West, executive director of perishable operations
Monday, December 16, 2013
No plant sets the scene for Christmas quite like the poinsettia. They’re timeless, make great holiday gifts and add rich reds and other hues well suited for the season to any home.
Bachman’s began selling this venerable plant in 1940 and is now one of the largest commercial growers of poinsettias in the U.S. We begin planting poinsettias every spring and have been continually evolving the varieties, sizes and colors available each year.
Bachman’s now grows more than 85,000 poinsettias each year in 22 varieties. We’re also working on 11 new trial varieties that are under evaluation for possible sale in the future. These plants will make their way to homes and businesses around the state, and fulfill many community fundraising efforts.
Colors and sizes are plentiful, from just a few inches high to the much larger, like our 10-inch pot. While the red poinsettia is still the most popular color, many find favor in the white, pink, novelty, sparkly, fantasy designs (depending on the size).
Poinsettia fun fact: A common misconception is that the colored bracts (specialized leaves) are the flower on a poinsettia. Actually, the insignificant yellow buds in the center of the colored bracts are the flowers.
Water: Check the soil regularly. When it is dry to the touch, water thoroughly. Do not allow the plant to sit in standing water.
Light: Place near a sunny window (but not touching the cold pane) to help keep the colors strong!
Temperature: Poinsettias do best when daytime temps are between 65 and 70 degrees. Do not allow overnight temps to fall below 60 degrees to prevent root rot. Also, avoid hot or cold drafts to prevent leaf drop.
If you’d like to pick up a poinsettia for the holidays, stop into your Lunds or Byerly’s store for our wide selection of festive plants. Happy holidays!