CAN (ON): Getting to the poinsettias

Clarington’s Rekker’s Garden Centre grows 150,000 poinsettias in Bowmanville each year, and ships them to Costco and Canadian Tire stores across the province. Rekker’s poinsettias sell in retail stores across southeast Ontario, from Ottawa to Mississauga and up north to Barrie and Lindsay. The poinsettias are also sold in the retail store of the Rekker’s Garden Centre in Bowmanville and as holiday fundraisers for schools and sports teams.

“We don’t want to do more; we could do more. It’s one of those products that has to be gone by mid-December. You don’t want to overgrow,” said Gerard Prins, owner of Rekker’s Garden Inc.

Rekker’s greenhouses have been growing poinsettias for more than 55 years. The plant is a stable holiday crop year after year, although there are changing trends. Lately, larger sized poinsettias and mixed planters are popular.

“What has taken off are mixed planters, poinsettia with an assortment of other tropical plants,” said Prins.

The poinsettia business at Rekker’s employs 25 people in wholesale, between 10 to 12 packers, and five truckers to make the deliveries.

The greenhouse runs a week ahead of the retailers, which means by Dec. 18 the poinsettias have shipped out of Bowmanville.

Read more at The Star (Jennifer O'Meara)

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