Each and every year, we lovingly grow more than 10,000 gorgeous poinsettia plants right here at Shelmerdine. We take immense pride in this crop, because the quality, size, and health of our plants are unlike any that you’ll find elsewhere. Here’s a look inside our poinsettia crop and why our plants are so special!
It All Starts in July!
The poinsettia plants arrive in the form of rooted cuttings known as ‘plugs.’ Led by our owner and head grower, Chad Labbe, our team transplants over 20 varieties of plugs into larger pots, in which they’ll mature. Once the babies are potted up, the work begins. “The amount of control we have over how they turn out is far greater than any other crop. Through lighting and fertilization, we control the plant’s height, spread, how many bracts it’ll have, and when it’ll ripen into colour,” Chad explains. “We regularly measure growth and height with a ruler throughout their cycle. This way we ensure that they’ll be the perfect size in time for the holiday season.”
Fast Forward Five Months!
Behind the scenes, as autumn comes to a close, the poinsettia crop evolves, under Chad’s careful crop management. “They feel like babies that we get to nurture intto maturity. Poinsettias take more than five months to grow, so we get really intimate with this crop.” And then the day arrives! The poinsettia bracts—or leaves—turn from green into brilliant shades of reds, pinks and white. This is the day that our entire team celebrates – when the greenhouses turn from a field of green into a carpet of colour!
“Our favourite part about growing the poinsettia crop is the time we get to spend with them.”
This is an exciting time of year for schools, charitable organizations, and community groups who raise money through our Poinsettia Fundraising Program. It brings us so much satisfaction to deliver our (once baby) poinsettias to thousands of homes. But it’s also an exciting time for Chad and his team. They get to see five months of hard work come to fruition in a grandiose display of colour.
Once the poinsettias leave our greenhouse, the challenge becomes ensuring that they thrive in their new home. For this to happen, be sure to check out our poinsettia care tips.
We hope that this look inside our poinsettia crop will encourage you to buy local. Happy holidays and a joyous season from our families to yours!
xoxo Team Shelmerdine