Plantpeddler Poinsettia Variety Day 2022 results released

The distributor has released the results for their annual poinsettia trial.


Photo courtesy of Plantpeddler

For Poinsettia Variety Day, breeders and attendees were greeted with a cold, beautiful, December day in Northeast Iowa. This year’s trial featured over 175 commercial and prerelease poinsettia varieties. The event was held on Thursday, Dec. 1, with representatives from all commercial poinsettia breeders, broker representatives and growers in attendance from over 20 states and two European countries. The trial was produced under natural season commercial sustainable production protocol using limited PGRs.

Genetics were submitted by Beekenkamp, Dümmen Orange, Lazzeri, Rinehart Poinsettias, Selecta, Suntory and Syngenta 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.” says Mike Gooder, president of Plantpeddler as to why Plantpeddler conducts their poinsettia trial.

As a true production trial, the tested varieties were grown within a block of benchmark commercial varieties with the same treatments and environmental conditions. This year, the fall production conditions were cooler than average, with average light levels. “The poinsettia trial and Variety Day event emphasizes our commitment to the industry by showcasing genetics under northern USA growing conditions,” Gooder says. “It is important to do a poinsettia production trial as a way for the industry and our growers to see how varieties perform in real world 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 varieties top 10

 

Non-red varieties top 10

 

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