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Poinsettias are essentially the most extensively grown plant on the earth


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Usually, new launches are presented at least a few years before production. Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 pandemic does not allow growers to visit their facility together to view the new experimental varieties. However, several producers have been given individual access to observe what is new.

To get a glimpse of where poinsettia farming is going today, I reached out to Rick Rabb, a Canadian sales representative for Stupid Orange, to see what developments he saw in poinsettia production.

Dumb 'J'Adore White Pearl Poinsettia.  Photo credit: Minter Country GardenDumb ‘J’Adore White Pearl Poinsettia. Photo by Minter Country Garden /.PNG

“It’s an interesting balance trying to improve poinsettias for both the consumer and the grower,” Rabb said. “Today’s consumers are looking for easy-care, long-lived plants. They also want wow colors, a fresh look with flower buds (cyathia) that hold dense and dark green foliage.

“Growers need plants that grow cooler and can be finished earlier to save energy. They also want plants that require less nutrition, hold their tight cyathia longer, have rich, deep green foliage, and are more compact. Good genetics are required to achieve this, so breeders are returning to native strains to conduct their breeding. “

Poinsettias have always been the most common plant in the worldWorld. They are still relevant to today’s changing lifestyle.

“A few years ago the demand for poinsettias fell a little, but now they are holding up,” said Rabb.


Robert Dunfee