Tradition rules poinsettia show

The familiar red poinsettia is still the colour of choice.

That is evident from the display of entries in the recent Canadian

Western Agribition poinsettia show.

“Red is still the most popular colour,” said D’Arcy Schenk,

co-ordinator of the show of the traditional Christmas plants. “About 80

percent of the market is red.”

But white, pink and marble coloured varieties are also available.

A new variety called Plum Pudding is a pale burgundy. There are also

deep burgundy and salmon pink flowers.

And then there are blue poinsettias, made by spraying floral paint on

white poinsettias. Blues weren’t entered in the competition this year.

Poinsettias have been shown at the Regina show for about 10 years. The

plants are judged on things like uniformity, flower distribution and

blooms.

There were 98 entries from eight greenhouses, all but one of them from

Saskatchewan. All entries are available for purchase but remained on

display, watched over by members of the Regina Horticultural Society,

until the end of the show.

The funds earned from sales go into the Agribition scholarship fund.

Schenk said ideally more western Canadian greenhouses will display

poinsettias and promote their products at Agribition.

“This is a showcase of western Canadian horticultural production,” he

said.

In 2001, there were 1,080 greenhouse firms in the region; 145 of them

were in Saskatchewan.

The 120 Saskatchewan greenhouses that produce ornamental flowers and

plants, including poinsettias, geraniums, azaleas and others, reported

sales of more than $20 million last year.

Yorkton, Sask.’s Parkland Greenhouses Ltd. won the supreme championship

at Agribition for a pot of White Star poinsettias. Another entry, a pot

in the tricolor category, was the reserve supreme champion.

The pot contained the varieties Cortez Red, White Star and Freedom

Bright Pink.

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