Prospective poinsettias

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New holiday options are on the horizon for Christmas 2020.

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December 11, 2019

With tweaks to colors, patterns, shapes and genetics, new poinsettias are hitting the market in 2020 thanks to innovations from breeders. At the annual poinsettia trials hosted by N.G. Heimos Greenhouses and Millstadt Young Plants in Illinois, we got a sneak peek at the latest developments in this holiday favorite. Take a look at the newest varieties to hit the market, along with some other holiday ideas to keep in mind for the next Christmas season.
Holly Berry is Selecta’s first novelty poinsettia with this leaf shape, says Jason Twadell. It does well in 4- to 6-inch containers.
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Superba Glitter is the No. 1 glitter poinsettia variety in Europe, now available in the U.S., says Syngenta’s Karl Trellinger.
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The rounded bracts of Christmas Mouse from Selecta have a unique shape and a bright red hue.
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Amaryllis bulbs are gaining popularity as a holiday offering, especially festive wax-coated options that look like Christmas ornaments.
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Frozen, a new white poinsettia from Dümmen Orange, is ideal for Black Friday sales since it’s ready mid-season. It features full white on top, strong roots and U-shaped bracts.
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A miniature red wagon container from retail supplier Panacea can add a holiday touch to a small selection of winter plants.
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A Christmas message on a simple burlap can upgrade a traditional poinsettia plant. The two displays above are from retail supplier Panacea.
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A miniature red sleigh from Panacea.
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Beekenkamp Plants and Syngenta Flowers North America’s new poinsettia partnership is offering Alaska, a new white variety that can handle a variety of conditions.
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Who can resist a Whoville tree? This Grinch-inspired evergreen from N.G. Heimos was a talking point at the poinsettia trials.
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