From the Greenhouse: Cold Weather Happenings

We’re Still Here!

It’s the time of year we start getting phone calls to see if we are open. The answer is YES, we are open year-round, only taking a break from just before Christmas to New Year’s.  We still have a great selection of pansies and perennials for winter color.  Don’t forget to carefully monitor your watering over the winter months.  It is very important to not over water your plants and that you check the soil moisture first to see if they truly need water.

Poinsettia Time

This is an exciting time at the greenhouses as the Poinsettias are really starting to come into color. Poinsettias are a photoperiodic plant, and specifically a short-day plant, meaning they bloom when the nights are long (over twelve hours in poinsettia’s case).  In order to change to their destined holiday colors the length of darkness each night must continue to increase until mid-November.  The color that one sees in a poinsettia is actually a specialized leaf called a bract. The flower itself is called the cyathia, and is normally small and insignificant.

Come by throughout November to see the different stages of the Poinsettias changing.  Everyone is always welcome to come by with your camera and take some shots of these interesting plants during business hours.  The best time to buy your Poinsettia is at our annual Poinsettia Festival. We’ll have all the Poinsettias on display, festive music, staged photo areas, local vendors, prizes, and more. Our festival this year is November 30th, 2013 from 10:00am-4:00pm, bring the family!

Happy Gardening,

Kelly Brainard