Michael Oleykowski Syngenta Plant Protection and Bioline
2015 Trial To Be Held Thursday November 12, 2015 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.
We are now in the process of assembling the lists of cultivars that will be featured during the 2015 Poinsettia Trial at Dan Schantz Farm come November 12, 2015 and if you want to keep up with what you will see if you attend the trials you can check this listing to see what cultivars each breeder will be sending. The fun is just beginning as poinsettia cuttings will soon be arriving at the farm and the sticking will be our first step to a successful trial. Registration forms will soon be posted on this website and the schedule of speakers who will be appearing.
Rick Yates who is currently the Technical Support Manager at Griffin Greenhouse Supplies Inc will be bringing his expertise as a speaker to our upcoming Poinsettia Trial on November 12, 2015. Rick will be presenting a talk on IPM for root zone diseases that emphasizes a holistic approarch to minimizing root diseases. He will also cover the microbials with a quick review of standard chemistry at the end of the talk.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and operated Cornerstone Greenhouses in Myersville, Maryland from 1986-91. Rick has been with Griffin since 1999 when Griffin purchased D&L Grower Supplies in Leola, Pennsylvania where he managed the plant department and grower technical support.
Rick writes regularly for the Griffin Gazette and has authored many articles in greenhouse trade magazines. He is a regular speaker on Griffin's educational programs and speaks at grower conferences across North America. His industry service includes collaboration with extension specialists across the country, a contribution for which he is highly respected.
With the 2015 Poinsettia Trial growing season fast approaching we thought it appropriate to give credit to the person who works with the trial poinsettias from the moment they are stuck right through until they are displayed on tables for the trial itself. Ian Phelps is a grower here at Dan Schantz and he is the go to person for all of the trial poinsettias that we will grow over the next several months and he does an admirable job making sure that all of the poinsettias are doing well and that come the trial in November they will all best represent what each variety is capable of. Ian has a remarkable skill when it comes to the many varieties of poinesettias that we grow on our trial tables and that is that he able to take you straight to any variety that you might need to look at. That sounds like it would be a simple task but if you've ever seen tables filled with many varieties of red poinsettias you will know that the task is not as easy as you might think.
Ian is dedicated to making sure that each cultivar that is submitted by the many breeders that participate in the trial is given the best possible conditions under which to thrive and show off the best characteristics of that particular variety. The 2014 Poinsettia Trial was proof that Ian was able to bring the hundreds of poinsettias under his care to a wonderful conclusion as all the attendees of the trial were treated to some really great poinsettias displays over the course of the day. The 2015 trial cuttings will be arriving around the end of June and the first week in July so the cycle is just about ready to start again and Ian is ready to step into the challenge of bringing an equally beautiful crop of trial poinsettias to fruition just in time for the November 12 Poinsettia Trial later this year. Hoping to see you there. Be sure to sign up as soon as the forms are finalized and loaded up to this website.
Dr. James Faust and Poinsettias at Clemson University
To see the development of these 10 varieties from sticking to color please follow the link below and see all of the growth that these varieties have gone through since they were stuck back in July. Thumbnails and full sized images are available.
We photographically followed the progress of 10 varieties involved with the poinsettia trial once a week starting shortly after the cultivar was stuck and we will be posting the final set of pictures at the end of this week to show just how far these varieties have come since July 11, 2014 when the first set of pictures were taken. With the trial coming up next week now is a good time to take a look at these 10 varieties and get an idea of what will be waiting for you if you decide to attend the trial on November 13. Remember this trial is for horticultural industry members and is not an event open to the general public.
Saturnus Red from Beekenkamp 7/11/14
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Saturnus Red from Beekenkamp 10/31/14
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Coming soon our new brochure/registration form for 2015
The 2015 Poinsettia Trials are coming up later this year.
There will be over 220 different poinsettia cultivars from several of the top breeders in the U.S. and Europe available for inspection at the 2015 trials.
As soon as the 2015 Schedule is finalized it will be posted here!
Come see hundreds of poinsettia plants on display at the Pennsylvania Poinsettia Trials and Open House November 12, 2015.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Sparkling Punch Paul Ecke Ranch
Premium RF 043 NN Dummen NA
Titan Pink Syngenta
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 2014 Poinsettia Judging
Sparkling Punch from Paul Ecke Ranch was judged Best Novelty
Titan Pink from Syngenta was judged Best Pink
Premium RF 043 NN from Dummen was judged Best Red/Best Overall
Titan White from Syngenta was judged Best White
Charon Red from Beekenkamp was judged Grower's Choice
Saxonia Christmas Hot Pink from PAC Worldwide was judged Farm Favorite