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Monday, December 12, 2011 11:05 AM

Poinsettias are everywhere. You will find them at the local florists, the super markets and in many other stores. They come in several colors but my favorite is red — that beautiful shade of true red. To me red and green are the true Christmas colors. Blue and silver run a close second. There are even some blue poinsettias but they have to be sprayed.

Mark Lugibill has been growing poinsettias in Columbus Grove for at least 28 years. His is the third generation at the Lugibill Greenhouse and they have been growing this beautiful Christmas flower for almost 50 years.

My friend, Millie and I took a couple of road trips to the Lugibill Greenhouse, which is located on North Main Street in Columbus Grove. We visited there last summer and again in November, when the greenhouse was in “full bloom.” It was breath-taking. We could see these plants have been given a lot of TLC.

Lugibills grow their own plants. There are several steps to producing this beautiful Christmas flower. First they get a stock plant in from California in late spring. Then they take cuttings from these plants for their own stock plants. When these get growing good they again take cuttings from them. These cuttings are then planted in little foam wedges, filled with a rooting medium. When they are well rooted they transplant them into pots of various sizes, which fill their six or seven greenhouses with beauty.

The larger pots of the finished product have about three little wedges to give the plant a larger bloom. The smaller pots have single plants which are pinched back (like chrysanthemums) to create a bushier plant.  
Plants really get going with shorter days and longer periods of darkness.  Lugibills do not use shade cloth, nor artificial lighting. Plants do not like temperatures below 63 or 64 degrees so the greenhouses have an automatic thermostat. The poinsettia starts to show color about the 15th of October.

The red is still the most popular color with the consumer. Some people like the pink and many churches use the white. Mark said the novelty colors sell better around Thanksgiving. Lugibills grow several varieties, such as Marble (white with a pink cast), Jingle Bells, Peppermint, Ice Punch and Monet Twilight. The blue poinsettia have to be sprayed with die and sometimes glitter is added.
Lugibills deliver to several florists within a “two hour drive” of Columbus Grove. They also sell for school fund raisers and to churches.
Poinsettias are native to Mexico and Central America. The name “poinsettia” is after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825. In the wild, the plants will reach a height of 16 feet.

The showy colored parts of poinsettias that most people think are the flowers are actually colored bracts (modified leaves). The flowers or cyanthia of the poinsettia are in the center of the colorful bracts. Those are the little yellow things in the center of all the color.

When taken outside for delivery, the poinsettia should be covered with a jacket or something. Place it in a lighted spot. They like to be a little moist but well drained. Be sure to punch some holes in the bottom and set it in a saucer like container for drainage.

Merry Christmas!
God Bless You in the New Year!

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:31 PM
 

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