Welcome to Red Couch Recipes! Today I will take you on a little tour of a nursery in Spokane Valley, Washington, The Plant Farm.
This year the Plant Farm has grown over 74 varieties of poinsettias, with 28 of them being red-colored. They have grown 40,000 poinsettias; it is a large operation. This photo highlights the reds.
They have the pinks. Most of their starts come from Equador.T
While you are on a tour of their operation, you can pick out a poinsettia, and they will hold it for you until the end of the tour. That is unless you happen to pick out one that has been previously sold, which many have been preciously sold, as they sell to wholesalers across Eastern and Southern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana.
They have the whites. There is an incredible number of varieties of poinsettias.
They have the pinks.
They have the pinky reds. This year they have many more varieties than usual. It is an experimental year to see what customers like.
This is called Orange Spice. It is really a lot more orange in color than my picture shows.
The cute ladies on my tour were in love with this Dark Red Carousel variety. It has been cultivated for curly leaves.
I thought the Jingle Bells Rock variety was particularly cute.
If you cannot make up your mind, you can always go for the tri-colored variety.
As your probably realize, poinsettias are really kind of a finicky plant. They do not like too much sun or too much shade. They do not like too much water. If you buy one, if it is a cold day, go directly home.
In their retail operation they also sell some of the colored poinsettias. They can die a poinsettia in any color you like.
The resident cat's name was fluffly.
We also were able to go through a couple of their greenhouses that held houseplants. They showed us their planting operation.
The tour is very interesting, and they hold a drawing for tour participants and I won a little table top poinsettia. It is so cute.
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