|This and That - The Poinsettia|
|Monday, December 12, 2011 11:05 AM|
Mark Lugibill has been growing poinsettias in Columbus Grove for at least 28 years. His is the third generation at the Lugibill Greenhouse and they have been growing this beautiful Christmas flower for almost 50 years.
My friend, Millie and I took a couple of road trips to the Lugibill Greenhouse, which is located on North Main Street in Columbus Grove. We visited there last summer and again in November, when the greenhouse was in “full bloom.” It was breath-taking. We could see these plants have been given a lot of TLC.
Lugibills grow their own plants. There are several steps to producing this beautiful Christmas flower. First they get a stock plant in from California in late spring. Then they take cuttings from these plants for their own stock plants. When these get growing good they again take cuttings from them. These cuttings are then planted in little foam wedges, filled with a rooting medium. When they are well rooted they transplant them into pots of various sizes, which fill their six or seven greenhouses with beauty.
The larger pots of the finished product have about three little wedges to give the plant a larger bloom. The smaller pots have single plants which are pinched back (like chrysanthemums) to create a bushier plant.
The red is still the most popular color with the consumer. Some people like the pink and many churches use the white. Mark said the novelty colors sell better around Thanksgiving. Lugibills grow several varieties, such as Marble (white with a pink cast), Jingle Bells, Peppermint, Ice Punch and Monet Twilight. The blue poinsettia have to be sprayed with die and sometimes glitter is added.
The showy colored parts of poinsettias that most people think are the flowers are actually colored bracts (modified leaves). The flowers or cyanthia of the poinsettia are in the center of the colorful bracts. Those are the little yellow things in the center of all the color.
When taken outside for delivery, the poinsettia should be covered with a jacket or something. Place it in a lighted spot. They like to be a little moist but well drained. Be sure to punch some holes in the bottom and set it in a saucer like container for drainage.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:31 PM|