Job offersmore »
- Buitendienst Medewerker - Oost Nederland
- Managing Grower - Australia
- Senior Grower - Talbotville, Ontario, Canada
- Operations Manager - Fresh Produce
- Senior Account Manager Retail - Netherlands
- Supply Allocation and Inventory Manager - Fresh Produce, Italy
- Senior Grower - Katunga, Australia
- Key Account Manager - Netherlands
- Accountmanager aardappelinkoop België / Frankrijk
- International Retail Manager - Netherlands
Last commentsmore »
- India: Government gives 50% subsidy on a poly house (957)
- UK: What's in season at the New Covent Garden Flower Market (4)
- Will sea freight be an alternative to Latin American air freight? (27)
- US: AFE educational grant applications due June 1 (4)
- Women's Day: "Russian market is growing up" (2)
- Danish greens grower expands with first own bred peperomias (1)
- Export stop Australia as of March 1 2018 (1)
- Colombia, Kenya and China: What's their recipe for success? (1)
- "Proven Winners is just getting started" (1)
- Market reports: solid research or wild guesses? (4)
Top 5 - yesterday
Top 5 - last week
Top 5 - last month
Exchange ratesmore »
A brief history of the poinsettiaDid you know that the poinsettia was introduced to the American public at the first Philadelphia Flower Show in 1829?
Native to Central America, the poinsettia flourished in southern Mexico. The Aztecs extracted a purplish dye from the plant to use in textiles, and used the sap in a preparation to treat fevers. Some may be sensitive to the sap, so keep children and pets away from it to be safe.
Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779 – 1851), the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, spotted the brilliant red blooms on a trip to Mexico in 1825. With a love for botany, he shipped some of the plants back to his hothouse in Greenville, South Carolina. It was there that he began propagating the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens. Bartram's Garden received one of the plants and introduced it into commercial cultivation.
Part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family, these beloved plants have a strong following of fans. “I love them -- when I see all the varieties of poinsettias in a store, especially peach, salmon or speckled ones, I get giddy,” says Dee Thurmer, Grower, PHS Meadowbrook Farm. “I surround my Christmas tree with them, using up to 18 plants at a time to add color.” One of Thurmer’s favorites is Princettia Pink, a hot pink plant that is not a typical Christmas color.
Read more at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (Marion McParland)
Publication date: 12/1/2017
Other news in this sector:
Leave a comment: (max. 500 characters)
- All comments which are not related to the article contents will be removed.
- All comments with non-related commercial content, will be removed.
- All comments with offensive language, will be removed.