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.
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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.
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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.
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