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"Poinsettias: "People tend to go for bigger pot sizes"
Hionis Greenhouses is one of New Jersey's largest growers of potted plants, holiday and seasonal plants, and cultivates poinsettias for the winter holidays in an 8 acre greenhouse. The plants are finished and currently being shipped out. "After Thanksgiving, people are eager to decorate their homes for the holidays. The sales are strong for the start of the season and the mild weather might help", he says. About 70 percent of the crop is shipped out of the greenhouse, and in another week, Hionis expects to be through the entire crop.
Next to the traditional red poinsettias, Hionis also grows white, pink and novelty colors, like multicolored, ice punch and ruffle leaved poinsettias. "People like to try out the new and different poinsettias, but the red varieties are still by far the most demanded varieties. About 80 percent of the poinsettias we grow are the red ones."
So, people still go for the traditional color, but how about the traditional size? Hionis grows the poinsettias in pot sizes, ranging from 4.5 inches to 18 inches. The 6 inch pot size is the traditional size, but according to Hionis, people tend to go for the bigger pot sizes this year. "Till now, the sales of the bigger pot sizes, 8 to 14 inches, seems to be better than previous years. However, as the season is not over yet, we cannot state anything. We have to wait till everything is shipped out. Then we can draw our conclusions."
Recently, he posted several videos of the crop on his YouTube channel. In this video, he shows the 18 inch poinsettias.
So, next week, around December 10, Hionios expects to be out of stock and they will start focusing on their crop for the next season, which are spring bulbs.
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