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Exotic poinsettias at home in America

Despite their roots in the jungles of Mexico, poinsettias have grown into Christmastime mainstays for most American homes.

Helping send out 1 million of these perennials are the Millstadt Gardens, the Heimos Family and N.G. Heimos Greenhouses on the edge of Millstadt in St. Clair County.

Perennial grower Kylie Roy recently took AgriNews on a quick spin around the greenhouses. This greenhouse is one of three in the nation that hosts annual poinsettia growing trials and then opens its doors for closer inspection to experts.

But the date that their neighbors keep on their calendars is the weekend before Thanksgiving. This is when the greenhouses open their doors to the general public for one day only for guided greenhouse tours for a glimpse of the poinsettias at their peak of the season.

Considering that poinsettias grow like weeds and into 15-foot tall trees in Mexico, they’ve come a long way to earn places in American homes.

Read more at AgriNews

Publication date: 12/19/2016



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