Tis the season! One of the most beautiful and vibrant decorations during the holidays is the Poinsettia. Joel Roberts Poinsett introduced the poinsettia to the United States around 1835. Poinsettias are said to symbolize good cheer and success and to bring wishes of mirth and celebration. So it is only fitting that December 12th marks the day of Joel Poinsett’s death and in now honored as National Poinsettia Day.
Bachman’s has been growing tradition since 1931 and is regarded as one the best growers of the poinsettias in the United States. The typical deep vibrant red is now joined by a vast array of other colors (30 different varieties from 2 inches to 4 feet) even some that glitter with gold. 70,000 poinsettias are grown on the Bachman’s growing range every year.
A priority at Bachman’s is to provide the highest quality plants. In order to provide this that means protection from insects is vital. A new technology in the greenhouses is beneficial organisms to control the insects. These beneficial organisms; Nematodes, Predatory Mites and Parasitic Wasps prey on the insects and reduce the population in the greenhouses, while at the same time reducing the use of chemical pesticides. Concerns once you bring home your new poinsettia? No, and here is why. These microscopic beneficials are short-lived and are specialized feeders. They are barely discernable and naked to the eye and as the level of insects decreases, so does the population of beneficials.
Are you part of the 85% of patrons of the Bachman’s locations that have purchased this holiday cheer? If not, get into Bachman’s soon so you can share the joy and cheer of this beautiful decoration around your home and with others.