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Poinsettia Trials Open House Is Dec. 3 – 5, 2009

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
November 18, 2009

Ice Punch is just one of many unusual varieties of poinsettias on display at the University of New Hampshire's Poinsettia Trials Open House Dec. 3-5, 2009. Credit: David Goudreault, University of New Hampshire.

The MacFarlane Greenhouses and Thompson School Horticultural Facility host the popular Poinsettia Trials Open House Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Visitors to the free event, now in its fourth year, will enjoy more than 100 poinsettia varieties, assist ongoing research, and learn about growing poinsettias more sustainably.

Poinsettias on display will go far beyond the traditional red to shades of pink, apricot, and deep burgundy; variegations of red, white and pink shades; and those with names like Polar Bear, Shimmer Surprise, Picasso, Ice Punch, Orange Spice and Peppermint Twist. Once again, poinsettias in Fantasy Colors™ will be on display. Visitors can also tour the greenhouses and see the 12-foot poinsettia tree in the lobby of the Whittemore Center.

With a continuing focus on sustainable horticulture, UNH researchers, in conjunction with researchers at Purdue University, are exploring methods for growing poinsettias at temperatures lower than currently recommended. This “cool finish” poinsettia research will provide growers with guidelines on how to produce a poinsettia crop with lower heating costs. Results of the second year of research will be displayed at the open house. In addition, visitors to the trials will assist in research by recording their favorites from among new and different varieties; completing this survey will enter visitors into a drawing to win a poinsettia.

Visitors at the University of New Hampshire's Poinsettia Trials Open House Dec. 3-5, 2009, assist research by recording their favorite poinsettias from among many new varieties. Credit: David Goudreault, University of New Hampshire.

The Poinsettia Trials at UNH is a collaborative event to bring research to breeders, growers, and the public.  Similar trials take place at universities and commercial greenhouses across the country, allowing breeders and growers to evaluate regional differences in the growth and performance of new cultivars. This valuable information provides a basis for choosing the best cultivars for a particular growing environment and market.

The Poinsettia Trials Open House, at the MacFarlane Greenhouses at 296 Mast Road, on the West edge of campus, will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

A broad selection of the many poinsettia varieties will be available for purchase on all three days and throughout the holiday season (until Dec. 24). On Thursday and Friday metered parking is available at the UNH Visitor Center across from the greenhouses; parking on Saturday is free. The greenhouses are also served by Wildcat Transit’s free shuttle service: www.wildcattransit.com.

 


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