Poinsettias... sorry, photo heavy!

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Poinsettias... sorry, photo heavy!
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Wed, 12-12-2012 - 1:32pm

LOTS of them. One of DH's high school classmates runs a garden center near here adn he has a green house chock full of the Christmas flowers... He is one of the few garden centers in the country who does test grows for experiemntal, new varieties every year (there are only four hybridizers in business now --- down by half over the past decade) and the only greenhouse in NW Ohio where poinsttieas are not only grown directly from cuttings but also in bulk enough for those who need masses of bloom at just teh right time (like white poinsettias for the local Catholic churched on CHristmas Eve, red-orangey ones for the university --- orange is a school color, etc.).

So not only is he open to thse groups, he sells to the general public and holds a wine-and-cheese tasing/special tour for a fee every year. This year, the head of city Parks and Recreation bought the tour as a "present" for all the poeple who colunteer at city parks throughout the year. Since DH is one of those volunteers, we got to go last Tursday night. Great cheese, wonderful 9adn calorie-laden mulled cider and local wine, and a lot of onfo on poinsettias! 

Of course, I forgot my camera so you'll have to look at these three photos of the ones we bought and imagine them multiplied over and over in a building the size of a football field...

This is a double called Christmas Rose (and it's a lot darker, less pink IRL thanin  this photo): 

This one is called Chianti - it's all red (the little flowers in the middle of the colored bracks are red instead of yellow):

and I don't know the name of this one...

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Registered: 12-21-2001
Fri, 01-11-2013 - 3:02pm

Carol,  You said the pictures were a tad heavy on the red so I think the bottom picture may be of an inverted Star or a Marble Star.

namaste,mlk

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 12-14-2012 - 7:09pm

Those are beautiful!!!  I have traditionally kept my poinsettias watered with the rest of my houseplants, after they are through blooming, but I don't do the whole thing of keeping them in the closet and forcing them to bloom for next year.  I just plant them in the front yard in spring and let them grow as a nice little green bush.  The neighbors laugh about it; "Only you, Karen!"  

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Fri, 12-14-2012 - 2:00pm

We had one growing outside the little cottage we lived in in Florida way back in teh 70s. Trouble was, all it took was a frost and the poor thing literally melted so we never saw it bloom! And ti was a tall thing --- roof-beam high by the fall!

Our nurseryman says 40 to 50 degrees is as low as they like so we bring our potted one indoors when we bring in our potted hibiscus. Tropical plants in NW Ohio --- NOT a good mix!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 12-13-2012 - 6:10pm

Very pretty, thanks for sharing! 

I didn't get any poinsettias this year. I have my dd's cat staying here and when he gets bored he messes with the few houseplants I have. Since the poinsettias tend to be top-heavy I was afraid that he would knock it over and break branches.

Some people in my neighborhood have large plants growing outside, in bloom now. I've never planted any of the potted holiday specimens into the ground but I imagine they could thrive in the right spot in the garden.