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Buy your spring flowers and summer vegetables directly from Parks Brothers Greenhouses, Arkansas's largest greenhouse grower!

Parks Brothers Greenhouses grows top quality annual bedding plants, garden vegetables, perennials, hanging baskets and patio containers in the spring. In fall and winter, our greenhouses are full of mums, pansies, kale, snapdragons and poinsettias.

Parks Brothers Retail
6733 Parks Road
Van Buren, AR 72956
(479) 410-2217

Please call us at 479-410-2217 for our hours which change during the season.

Holiday Guide To Poinsettias

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To Care For Your Poinsettia
DO place your plant in indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day.
DO provide room temperatures of at least 68-70 degrees F.
DO water your plants thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch.
DO use a large roomy shopping bag to protect your plants when transporting them.
DO fertilize your plants after the blooming season with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer.

DON’T place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat.
DON’T expose your plants to temperatures below 50 degrees.
DON’T allow plants to sit in standing water.
DON’T expose your plants to chilling winds when transporting.
DON’T fertilize your plants when they are in bloom.

Poinsettias Are Not Poisonous!
An old wives’ tale that poinsettias are poisonous is simply not true. The Society
of American Florists and Ohio State University conducted a scientific
investigation disproving a charge that poinsettias are harmful. In fact, the
Poisindex Information Service states that over 500 leaves ingested by a 50-
pound child would demonstrate no toxicity. Of course, like all ornamental plants,
the poinsettia is not intended for human consumption. (And who has room for a
poinsettia after all the other holiday goodies!)
Poinsettias can be used in such a variety of ways they always make a
wonderful gift. You never have to worry if the recipient already has one, since
poinsettias look best displayed in groups. From a centerpiece on your holiday
table to a miniature decorating the corner of an office desk, to a colorful hanging
basket that can brighten any room, the poinsettia is always a perfect fit. Give
one as a gift on National Poinsettia Day, December 12th!

Selecting a Healthy Poinsettia
Choose plants with thoroughly colored and expanded bracts. The bracts are the
colorful part of the poinsettia, while the true flowers are the small yellow centers.
Look for plants with dense, plentiful foliage all the way to the soil line. The plant
should be about 2X larger than its pot size. Select plants with strong, stiff stems
and no sign of wilting. Be wary of plants displayed in paper, plastic or mesh
sleeves, for these can reduce air flow.

After the Holidays
With proper care, your poinsettia can last long past the holiday season. Here’s
how:
By early April, when the colored bracts begin to turn or fall, cut the plant back
leaving four to six buds. Keep the plant near a sunny window, water and fertilize
regularly, and by the end of May, you should see vigorous new growth. Cut your
plants back again around July 4th and again by Labor Day to promote compact,
full growth. Continue to nurture your plants as Autumn nears.
The Poinsettia begins to set buds and produce flowers as the nights become
longer. Beginning October 1st, keep the plant in complete darkness for 14
continuous hours each night by moving plants into a dark room or placing a large
box over them. During the day, allow six to eight hours of bright sunlight.
Continue this for eight to ten weeks, and your plants will develop a colorful
display of holiday blooms!

2 Responses to “Holiday Guide To Poinsettias”

  • We have just received five of the most beautiful poinsettias from Parksbrothers.com. They were sold to us as a fundraiser from a local private school.
    How can we buy more of these beautiful plants? I don’t see a way to make a purchase on your website.

    Thank you,Charlene Ricks

  • Jason:

    Charlene,

    Thank you for commenting. We do not sell our poinsettias online. Our poinsettias are only available locally through our garden center or through a fundraising group or other garden centers we sell to.

    Thanks again for commenting.

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