Plantpeddler announces Poinsettia Variety Day 2023 results

Dec 5, 2023
Plantpeddler announces Poinsettia Variety Day 2023 results

On Thursday, Nov. 30, representatives from all commercial poinsettia breeders, brokers, and growers attended Plantpeddler’s Poinsettia Variety Day from over 18 states to see more than 175 commercial and pre-release poinsettia varieties. The trial was produced under natural season, commercially sustainable production protocol using limited PGRs. In addition, Mike Poretsky of A-ROO presented value-added upgrade treatments and packaging.

Genetics were submitted by Beekenkamp, Dummen Orange, Express Seed, Lazzeri, Rinehart Poinsettias, Selecta One and Suntory Flowers. Plantpeddler is licensed by all breeders represented and prides itself on being a one-stop shop for premium Poinsettia liners.

“With our leadership position in poinsettias, this investment is for our retailers, growers, brokers, and breeding partners.” said Mike Gooder, president of Plantpeddler, as to why Plantpeddler conducts its poinsettia trial.

The tested varieties were grown within a block of benchmark commercial varieties with the same treatments and environmental conditions. This year, throughout production higher-than-average temperatures and daylight were experienced.

“The Poinsettia Trial and Variety Day event emphasizes our commitment to the industry by showcasing genetics under northern USA growing conditions,” Gooder said. “It is important to do a poinsettia production trial as a way for the industry and our growers to see how varieties perform in North American, northern climate greenhouse conditions.”  

Trial attendees voted using a three-flag system for “Best Red Variety” and “Best Non-Red Variety” with a 3, 2, 1 point scoring. The results are as follows: 

Red Variety Top 10 

Non-Red Variety Top 10

For more information and to watch a video from Plantpeddler’s Poinsettia Variety Day, click here.