I visited Bachman’s farmhouse on Tuesday to learn about the Poinsettia, the most popular holiday plant in North America.
We know Christmas must be close when we see poinsettias decorating offices, public spaces and homes. “I like them because they’re pretty and last long,” said 8-year-old Abby, who was buying one for herself and one for her mother at Bachman’s on Tuesday night.
This morning, there are tens of thousands of poinsettias waiting to brighten up people’s homes for the holidays. WCCO-TV went inside the greenhouse at Bachman’s for a behind-the-scenes look as the floral experts there are gearing up for the rush.
Inside a huge green house in Lakeville, thousands of poinsettias are being packaged and ready to go. Dale Bachman, president and CEO of Bachman’s Floral, says the plants are destined for the Twin Cities metro area. “Our crop this year is about 85,000 total pots,” Bachman said. The most popular color is red, but Bachman says they have 32 other varieties as well.
Susie Bachman from Bachman’s Floral & Garden Center shared some advice on caring for your holiday plants.
It may be the most manipulated of all the flowers. The poinsettia comes in a dizzying array of colors, more than roses or daisies or virtually anything else. So how do poinsettias get their crazy colors, like blue and purple?