It is not quite Thanksgiving. However, the questions are now coming on where do we get the quality-grown poinsettias that Behnke Nurseries always offered.
First, a little background. When I was growing up, Behnke’s grew their own poinsettias. We continued to do this till about 8 years ago when we closed down our growing location in Lothian and started only buying from local independent growers. We had already bought from these sources in the past to supplement when we would be running out. These same growers also sell to all the local independent garden centers in your area.
After talking to a few of the garden centers, I am positive you will still be able to find the same beautiful lush, full plants you have been used to getting from us. I know that Meadows Farms Nursery and Garden Center buys from the same folks we did. Better yet, they have 18 different locations to choose from. If you live in the Potomac/Bethesda area, you can check out American Plant off of River Road. Maybe you are near Bowie: you then can go see Patuxent Nurseries (say hello to our own Karin who is now working there). Besides having a selection of poinsettias, they also have a lovely Christmas Shop that is worth seeing. These are just three of the garden centers in our area, but there are so many more.
Sure, you can get a poinsettia from your local box store, but will you get the freshest quality? They might look okay, but have you noticed how crowded they are on the carts at those stores? Not a good idea. I saw some the other day in my local grocery store that did not look too bad, but they had them right by the door to the outside. The next day when I went ( yes I go more than once a week), you could already see signs of damage from the cold air blowing in. You want a poinsettia that is going to bring you joy throughout the whole season, not one that will drop off its leaves due to the stress it went through before you got it home.
The picture above was from our growing location, and while it does not show in the photo, each plant is spaced out so they can grow and not drop all their bottom leaves due to overcrowding. Wholesale growers spend an enormous amount of time and labor to make sure you end up with the perfect plant.
I hope you have been checking out the different local area garden centers. When you go, say Behnke’s sent you!
by Stephanie Fleming, Beyond Behnke’s