Of the many signs of the holiday season, some are even more spectacular than Pointsetia. The Mexican native flower was brought to the United States in 1828, and since then the bright colors of the plants and the star shape have helped make it a Christmas tradition.
Participating in that culture are gardeners coming to the University of Eastern Kentucky. For decades, EKU Horticulture Club has been selling Poinsettia since Monday.
This week’s flowers will be on sale at the EKU Greenhouse (next to the Carter Building) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Poinsettias sells for $ 10 with buyers’ choice pot covers. This year’s sale also includes unique colored flowers that are different from traditional red or white ponies.
“We have Red Glitter, we have Candy Bubblegum and Ice Crystal. We will have those three unique colors this year,” said Equatorial Horticulture Technician John Duval.
Duval has been working with EKU for 15 years. The Department of Agriculture spoke at length about the process of raising Pointias.
“We will start in the first week of August. We will start cutting ourselves. Now we will start with small pieces that have taken root. They will be sent to us and we will have our own special clay mix to mix. It starts in August, and it still takes (the plants) to be ready for sale, ”Duval said.
The Department of Agriculture is also raising funds for the Horticulture Club as other plant sales emerge during the year in support of the Meadowbrook Farm fruit and vegetable program.
The Horticulture Club meets monthly and offers activities for students such as travel and other activities. They also offer any available scholarships and participate in horticultural conferences with other universities. Duval said the club was taking over again after cooling off Cove-19 in 2020.
“The club has been very active this year. We were not able to stay active last year because of Covd. “We want to do a variety of fun activities. We have recently organized a wreath for a club meeting.
More than 1,000 Poinsettias were produced for this year’s sale. All sales go to support the Horticulture Club.
Poinsettias can be purchased this week at the EKU Carter Building from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.