The National Poinsettia Trials, sponsored by the poinsettia breeders, were established to provide an independent evaluation of the many new cultivars that are introduced every year. In years like this, it’s obvious why these trials are important. With 23 new introductions just this year, there are too many new cultivars for growers to adequately evaluate them all.
We hope these trials help growers focus on which cultivars might be the best fit in their operation based on their market and production style. Along with the university sites (North Carolina State, Purdue and University of Florida) the trial is also conducted by Joe Stoffregen at Homewood Nursery in Raleigh, N.C. These trials would not be possible without the cooperation and support of the following poinsettia breeders: Dummen USA, Ecke Ranch, Fischer USA, Oglevee Ltd. and Selecta First Class. The trials would also not be possible without our dedicated staff, including lead technical staffers Ingram McCall at North Carolina State University, Terri Kirk at Purdue University and Carolyn Bartuska at the University of Florida.
This report has been split into three sections: new introductions, page 24; the best of the trials, page 35; and recommended cultivars, page 38. This is the most complete coverage of last year’s poinsettia trials you’ll find anywhere, so make the most of it by using these reports to choose the right varieties for your production situation and market. Poinsettia trial coverage continues next month with the consumer preference surveys.
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