Dec. 5, 2014, Vineland Station, Ont. — About 125 poinsettia varieties, including 30 new introductions, are being showcased this week at open houses at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
Dozens of growers attended an industry open house yesterday. A public open house is being held today for consumers.
Vineland is one of three trial sites in North America supported by poinsettia breeders to evaluate performance of the plants. Vineland represents the northern region; North Carolina State University represents the mid-latitude region; and the University of Florida represents the southern region.
Wayne Brown, greenhouse floriculture specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, is the trials coordinator at Vineland.
Participating breeders include Dummen USA, Paul Ecke Ranch, Beekenkamp Plants, Ball/Selecta First Class, and Syngenta Flowers.
The open house also features a reduced molybdenum study, sponsored by Flowers Canada Ontario, and a Swirskii/Nutrimite trial for silver leaf whitefly sponsored by Biobest.
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