The North American Poinsettia Trials have scheduled industry open houses for this week and next to highlight poinsettia performance at multiple locations in North America.
The North American Poinsettia Trials, formerly known as the National Poinsettia Trials, take place at Homewood Nursery in Raleigh, N.C., at North Carolina State University and the University of Florida and for the first time in 2011 at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
The trials are sponsored and supported by the major breeder companies Syngenta, Selecta/Ball, Ecke and Dümmen. This year Dutch breeder Beekenkamp will also be participating in the program.
At North Carolina State University, an Industry Open House will take place Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. NCSU’s Consumer Open House will occur on Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Please call 919.515.3131 for more information.
And at Homewood Nursery in Raleigh N.C., an Industry Open House is slated for Nov. 30, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The University of Guelph’s open house will take place in Vineland, Ontario, on Dec. 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Contact Wayne Brown at 905.562.4141 x179 to learn more.
The University of Florida will present its poinsettia Industry Open House in Gainesville on Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The university’s poinsettia show and sale for public will take place Dec. 8 and 9. Go to www.gatorpoinsettia.com  for additional information.
The February and March 2012 issues of GPN will have extended coverage of the North American Poinsettia trials as well as information on how consumers responded this year to the latest poinsettia varieties.