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US: Poinsettia production at the University of Hawaii

The annual Poinsettia Sale is a long standing tradition, historically organized by the undergraduate Horticulture Society. In 2016, the TPSS Graduate Student Organization (GSO), in collaboration with the Hort Society, revived student growing of the poinsettias (instead of purchasing from local nurseries).

University of Hawaii Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences featuring ASHS Member Dr. Kent Kobayashi

Dümmen Orange and Suntory Flowers provided unrooted cuttings of several different poinsettia cultivars, plus a new poinsettia hybrid, the 'Princettia' series. The 'Princettia' series comes in very bright pink shades and also a pure white, which are not available in traditional poinsettias.

This year, the GSO expanded production to 400 plants and added a "Pre-Sale" to be held at Magoon Greenhouse Facilities, where the plants were grown, in addition to the traditional sale at St. John Plant Science Building. Funds go to support student participation in educational activities. Last year's funds helped students attend the annual American Society for Horticultural Science conference.

Source: ASHS (Cindy Slone)

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