In Greenhouse Management's latest issue, we spoke to two researchers who run poinsettia trials at their respective universities. But there are also trials across the country, growers run their own trials. Below, Adam Heimos, the head grower at N.G. Heimos Greenhouses and the head of Heimos's annual trial, answers questions about what he considers a good poinsettia, colors he sees as growing in popularity and more.Greenhouse Management: In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a good poinsettia?
Adam Heimos: Quick rooting, strong V-shaped growth after pinch, lots of blooms, good bract size and color, and shelf life at the store. Most of the new varieties have these characteristics.
GM: What colors or types of poinsettias have been the most popular/highly rated at your trials over the past few years? Why do you think that is?
AH: Pinks have made a surge lately, especially the Luv-U’s, J’adores and Princettias. They are unique and consumers are increasing their interest in them. How do traditional red poinsettias fit into the current crop of poinsettia offerings? Traditional red is still king/queen of the market. I’d estimate our crop is 75 percent red in varying sizes from 2 inch all the way up to 14 inch.
GM: Are there any colors or traits in poinsettias you’d expect to see on the market in the next few years?
AH: Colored novelties (Green Envy or Autumn Beauty) have been interesting to watch. Our painting and glittering orders have increased over the years. I would expect these colors to fill that niche at the store.
GM: Are there any poinsettias you’d expect to see go away or at least produced in smaller quantities?
AH: We should expect the older genetics to dissipate. The breeding companies have been certainly trying to find that next show-stopping red bract. Now, as it stands, the market has an abundance of genetics, and any grower could mix and match to fit their market or greenhouse. For example, newer varieties can be produced at higher densities, can finish early season, or even finish in the cold.
GM: What about traits/colors/types you’d like to see more of?
AH: I have seen a few of the old-school oak-leaf/holly-leaf type poinsettias in the trials this year. Those will be fun to watch finish.
GM: How do “novelty” offerings like Princettias fit into the current poinsettia marketplace?
AH: Great! Grow them! It’s a different looking product, great color, and easy for me, as a grower, to produce.