Friday, November 20, 2015

Plant Farm Poinsettia Tour

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.

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. 

 The Plant Farm is a family-owned business.  It is owned by the Creech family.  They have nine acres of greenhouses.  It all started back in the sixties with some tomato starts and has grown into a huge year-long operation.


 It was such a fun place to be on a cold day.  If you are interested in going, they are only holding the tours November 20th and 21st.  Click here for their website.  Soon most of these will be shipped away for sale at retailers for Christmas. 

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.

Thanks for dropping by Red Couch Recipes.


Marigene said...

That would be fun seeing so many poinsettias at one time. I love the orange and pink ones. I had no idea there were so many varieties and colors. I have always killed them within a day of bringing one in the house...but, I still have the one from last year! I am so proud of myself...doesn't have any red leaves/flowers, but it's big and busy.
Have a great weekend, Joni!

Sarah said...

How interesting! Thanks for taking us along, Joni.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Wow, that's a lot of varieties. Who knew. I would enjoy this tour.

Beth said...

Gorgeous! I love poinsettias, and those pinks are lovely.

Jacqueline said...

Wow, the blues and pinks are so striking! What a fun place to visit! Thanks for taking us along.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

What a fun thing to do! I can never make up my mind which color to go with but ultimately it's always something to do with red. Jingle Bells is one of my favorites. My mom would be enticed by the blue one. I go to a greenhouse back in my home town and they grow quite a lot but just for retail. It's so much fun to see rows and rows of them kind of like this but perhaps not as many varieties. How fun that you won one!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Gorgeous colors. I want lots of them...LOL That is a great tour and the fact you won one is great! Happy Thanksgiving.