A Poinsettia Pick Me Up!
Celebrate the holiday season locally this year, with Bachman’s-grown poinsettias! Every year, Bachman’s grows around 60,000 poinsettias that bring holiday cheer to homes and businesses all across the metro. From petite 2-inch poinsettias to impressive 4-foot poinsettia trees, Bachman’s grows over 40 varieties of this seasonal favorite! Production starts as early as May for some of the larger plants, while the majority are started in June. It’s hard to believe that while many of us are just starting to work in our gardens, Bachman’s production team is thinking Christmas!
The poinsettia was introduced to the United States from Mexico in the mid-1800s, and became a popular holiday plant by the 1920s. Bachman’s has been growing these ruby-hued beauties since the early 1930s, expanding their offerings and improving the product along the way resulting in the perfect poinsettias seen on shelves today.
While red is overwhelmingly the color of choice for most poinsettia purchasers, some prefer a touch of sparkle and whimsy. Bachman’s hand-painted “fantasy” poinsettias come in shimmering shades of blue, purple, gold, and snow-dusted, and make a perfect glitzy addition to your holiday décor.
To select a plant you’ll be able to enjoy all season long, look for a plant with robust green foliage below in addition to bold color at the top. The flowers, which are located at the center of the leaves or bracts, should be small and bright yellow.
Caring for poinsettias is easy if you follow a few simple guidelines:
Think light. Keep your plant in a room with strong, indirect light to ensure it maintains its bold color.
Water regularly. Your poinsettia prefers evenly moist soil, but not standing water. Water it two to three times a week.
Stay warm. Keep your home between 60- and 70-degrees Fahrenheit for a happy poinsettia. These plants prefer neutral temps and should be kept away from drafts from radiators or air ducts.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with peace, joy, and poinsettias!
Happy Holidays from Bachman’s!