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2014 Trial To Be Held Thursday November 13, 2014
at Dan Schantz Greenhouse in Zionsville, PA

 


Ecke Ranch, like the poinsettias we grow, has become in many ways part of the American tradition.  From finding new ways to reduce growers risk to adopting new business solutions, the Paul Ecke Ranch commitment goes well beyond its advanced poinsettia genetics. Increasing production capacity to meet grower demand, our regionally based technical support staff, and our 24/7 support from our website are all a part of how this traditional company is growing solutions for today.


Autumn Leaves



The Truth About Poinsettias

We here at Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouses are just beginning to get into the “spirit” of Christmas as the poinsettias continue to be stuck in the greenhouse at an ever increasing pace. It seemed like a good time to dispel a commonly held misconception about the toxicity of poinsettias that appears to have started way back in 1919 when the tragic death of a child was attributed to the child ingesting poinsettia leaves. The American Society of Florists did extensive research into the matter and eventually the report of the child’s death by poinsettia leaf ingestion was show to be nothing more than hearsay.  

The belief became so ingrained in the consciousness of people that even today the myth persists that the poinsettia plant is poisonous to children and pets so much so that a recent survey of florists found that 66% believed it to be true. The American Society of Florists joined with researchers at the Ohio State University to take an objective and scientific look at whether there was any truth to the belief that poinsettia leaf ingestion was deadly to either children or pets. Their conclusion after giving rather large doses to rats was that there was no toxicity or any other side effects from having ingested the poinsettia leaves.

Click here for the rest of this article


 


During the 2013 Poinsettia Trial we had Sam Kimling and Rebecca Lusk on hand from Dummen Group to talk to attendees about the latest introductions from Dummen. Rebecca is the East Coast Sales Manager for Dummen a position that she has held for the past 12 years. Sam Kimling is the Ecke Brand Manager at Dummen Group. Sam was the Key Account Sales Manager at Paul Ecke Ranch for 4 years before moving over to continue his work with the Ecke Brand at the Dummen Group.



Sam Kimling - Rebecca Lusk

Rebecca among the poinsettias


 


Ecke Ranch Poinsettias Video

 


Sparkling Punch
Ecke Ranch


Sigma
Syngenta

 

Saxonia Christmas Day Red
PAC

Final Cultivar Lists Now Posted

We now have final confirmations from all of the breeders who will be participating in the poinsettia trials that will be held in November. You can check out the entire lists that Ecke Ranch, Syngenta, Selecta, Dummen/Red Fox, PAC and Beekenkamp have submitted to us on our cultivars page. If everything comes in that has been listed on the confirmations we will have over 140 varieties for display at our trial in November and attendees will have the opportunity to examine all of these varieties to see what will work best in their own operations.




We have now received all of the lists from our breeders and they are posted on the cultivars page. . Take a look at the lists by
following this link and let us know what you think. Although we have not even hit the summer months you should probably be making plans to attend the Poinsettia Trial for the 2014 growing season on November 13, 2014 at the Dan Schantz Farm in Zionsville, PA. It will be worth the trip! Did I mention that registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch too? Stay tuned.


Gary Vollmer


Gary Vollmer who is currently the Product and Technical Manager for Selecta North America will be speaking at the 2014 Poinsettia Trial & Open House held at Dan Schantz Farm on November 13, 2014. We are proud to have Selecta North America as one of the sponsors of the 2014 Poinsettia Trial and they will be presenting new and what many are calling some of the most exciting genetics in the world in the poinsettia cultivars that will be on display at this year’s trial. Having spent a large portion of his adult life growing poinsettias means that Gary Vollmer will bring an enormous amount of practical and unique wisdom to the trial in November born out of his abundant knowledge as a grower and from the experience he has gained in his current position with Selecta. Since 2010 Gary Vollmer has been working to provide technical support to growers on Ball FloraPlant and Selecta crops which has given him a unique opportunity to interact with a wide variety of growers allowing him insights into the problems they have faced and the solutions that allowed them to move forward. We are delighted that Gary is the first speaker that has been confirmed for our upcoming Poinsettia Trial on November 13 and we are sure that attendees will benefit from his years of practical experience as a grower and from his perspective as the Product and Technical Manager for Selecta North America.

Check out a couple of articles by Gary on poinsettia production.




Joel Roberts Poinsett


Fun Facts about Poinsettias

  • Poinsettias are not poisonous. Scientific research from Ohio State University has shown that the poinsettia is non-toxic. All parts of the plant were tested during these studies including the leaves and the sap. Check out this article from Horticulture Update.
  • The poinsettia is originally from Mexico and was introduced to the United States by Joel Roberts Poinsett who was a botanist, a physician and the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
  • December 12th is Poinsettia Day and was so designated because it also marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett in 1851.
  • In Mexico the Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a perennial shrub or small tree and can reach heights between 2ft and 13ft.
  • The leaves on a poinsettia are called bracts (modified or specialized leaves) Some bracts are brightly colored as in the case of the poinsettia and serve the function of attracting pollinators.
  • There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias in the marketplace and the USDA's last report says that the potted poinsettia crop for 2012 was valued at $144 million.
  • Poinsettias are the best selling potted plant in the United States and Canada and is usually sold as a Christmas plant within a six-week period that leads up to the holiday itself.

Michael Foster


No Pinch Poinsettias
By Michael Foster©
As featured on GPN's Culture Connection Newsletter

ZIONSVILLE, Pa. - Perhaps as a grower you have been wondering why it would benefit you to attend a poinsettia trial, and the simple answer to that question is information and experience. The poinsettia trial is the perfect place for a grower to gain information about a large variety of cultivars with only a little investment of time and money. Experimenting with new untried cultivars is something that many growers don’t have the time or the money to pursue since it would have a direct impact on the bottom line of their organization if it did not work out. 

The trial is also a great opportunity to “pick the brain” of those growers who spent the last several months growing the many cultivars on display and finding out from them what worked, what didn’t work and how they achieved the results that they did with the poinsettias. 

Members of the horticulture industry were called on to act as judges during the trial and to spotlight a few of the cultivars that really stood out from the rest as examples of best in class plants. Those judged as best were 'Da Vinci' from Syngenta, which was judged as Best Novelty poinsettia. The Best Pink poinsettia was 'Christmas Feelings Pink', the Best Red poinsettia was 'Christmas Season Red' and the Best White poinsettia was 'Candlelight White' (all three from Selecta). Best of the Greenhouse went to 'Alreddy Red' from Beekenkamp and Best of Farm was 'Premium Red' from the Dümmen.

To read the rest of this article at GPN's website click here.


Warren Goll


Organizer of the 2013
Poinsettia Trial

Poinsettias: Re-Marketing the Christmas Plant
By Anne Harnish Food and Family Features Editor©
Excerpted from Lancaster Farming w/permission

 

ZIONSVILLE, Pa. - " Poinsettias are finicky. As these traditional tropical Christmas plants start to show up at retail stores this week for the holiday season, most customers are unaware of all the pinching, chilling, lighting, drenching, spraying, sleeving and other careful techniques required to raise and sell "Christmas-perfect" versions of the plant. 

"What I always told students was, if you’re a poinsettia grower, you have a one-time million-dollar crop," said Allen Hammer, a retired Purdue floriculture professor who now provides technical support for breeder-producer Dummen NA, at a recent industry event in Zionsville, Pa. "You make half-million-dollar decisions several times a day." 

Poinsettias contribute more than $250 million to the U.S. economy at the retail level in the six weeks prior to Christmas, according to University of Illinois Extension information. But producers gathered last Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Industry Poinsettia Trial and Open House to learn about the newest varieties and to discuss challenges in poinsettia production, the slowing of sales and the need to re-market poinsettias to attract new customers. 

To read the rest of this article at the Lancaster Farming website click here.




The 2013 Poinsettia Trials are over and this is what you missed by not attending. The 2014 Poinsettia Trials are in the planning stages and will be held in November of next year. Stay tuned for more information about next year's trials so that you won't miss out.


There were 112 different poinsettia cultivars from several of the top breeders in the U.S. and Europe available for inspection at the 2013 trials.

Come see hundreds of poinsettia plants on display at the Pennsylvania Poinsettia Trials and Open House November 14, 2013. All major international poinsettia breeders have agreed to provide their very best cultivars as well as experimentals for your appraisal. Representatives from each company will be on hand to discuss their poinsettias.

The POP Trial (Poinsettias of Pennsylvania) will offer both a natural season and a shaded plant trial of each cultivar. Additionally, a no-pinch test using Augeo, a plant growth regulator, will be available for evaluation. A complete poinsettia listing and program booklet will also be provided.

The POP Trial is hosted at the Dan Schantz Farm located at 8025 Spinnerstown Road Zionsville PA 18092.

The POP Trial includes seminars by an outstanding panel of speakers:

•  Dr. James Faust – Clemson University
Who spoke on What We Learned from Growing Poinsettias in  2013

•  Dr. P. Allen Hammer – Dummen USA
Who spoke on Reinvigorating the Poinsettia - An Industry Challenge!

•  Mr. Rick Yates – Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supply
Who spoke on Insect, Mite and Disease Control in Poinsettias

•  Dr. Harvey Lang – Syngenta Technical Services
Who spoke on Poinsettia Shipping and Post-Harvest Tips – Delivering Quality Plants to the Consumer.

•  Dr. Kerry Hoffman-Richards – Pesticide Ed , Penn State University 
Who spoke on Water Quality: Effects on Pesticide Performance.

The POP Trial will offer Core (2) & Category (2) pesticide recertification credits.

Early blind judging by knowledgeable growers will be held the day before, with results posted on the 14th


At the 2013 Poinsettia Trial this demonstration was rather hypnotic after awhile as we watched the robots go methodically about the business of moving and spacing the poinsettial pots that were set up.  The video at the right is a promotional video but will give you a good idea of what they do.

 

The Future Of Automation: Q&A With Harvest Automation’s
John Kawola from
Greenhouse Grower Magazine

Harvest Automation Demonstration

 


Alreddy Red

Christmas Feelings Pink

Premium Red


There were so many beautiful poinsettias on display at the trial that I would have been hard pressed as a judge to decide between all the cultivars presented. The judges pressed on and came up with these cultivars that were named the best of the show.

The Winners of the 2013 Poinsettia Judging

  • Da Vinci from Syngenta was judged Best Novelty
  • Christmas Feelings Pink from Selecta was judged Best Pink
  • Christmas Season Red from Selecta was judged Best Red
  • Candlelight White from Selecta was judged Best White
  • SK-101-104 from Selecta was judged Best Future Possibility
  • Alreddy Red from Beekenkamp was judged Best of Greenhouse
  • Premium Red from Dummen Group was judged Best of Farm



Candlelight White


Christmas Season Red


Da Vinci

Poinsettia Cultivars

Red Glitter
Ecke Ranch
(Click image for details)

 

Ek 5010
Ecke Ranch 2014
(Click image for details)

 

Happy Christmas
Selecta

 

Christmas Cookie
Selecta

 

Princettia
Ecke Ranch

 

Mars Pink
Syngenta

 

Carousel Dark Red
Syngenta

 

Cinnamon Star
Syngenta

 

Mira White
Syngenta

 

Hollystar Red
Beekenkamp

 

Charon Red
Beekenkamp

 

Alreddy Fancy
Beekenkamp

 

Monet Twilight
Ecke Ranch

 

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