LSU AgCenter Schedules Poinsettia Open House Dec. 9-10

Jeff Kuehny, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  10/11/2006 11:38:22 PM

News Release Distributed 11/25/2003

The LSU AgCenter has scheduled its 2003 Poinsettia Open House for Dec. 9-10 on the campus in Baton Rouge.

The annual event provides poinsettia growers and the public with an opportunity to view some of the latest poinsettia varieties and to see the results of LSU AgCenter research with the plants.

The open house will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and from 9 a.m. until noon Dec. 10 in the Nelson Memorial Building adjacent to the Parker Agricultural Coliseum on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

"More than 100 poinsettia varieties from most major suppliers are being evaluated this year," said LSU AgCenter horticulture professor Dr. Jeff Kuehny. "Over the past five to 10 years, many new varieties have entered the market – including plants with new foliage characteristics, bract colors and improved growth characteristics."

In addition to the poinsettia variety display, research results concerning the use of plant growth regulators, such as Floral, Cycocel and B-Nine, on poinsettias will be shown.

"Poinsettias remain one of the top greenhouse grown floricultural crops produced in the United States," Kuehny points out, adding, "In Louisiana, about 100 growers produce a million or so poinsettia plants annually."

For additional information about this year’s poinsettia open house, contact Kuehny at (225) 578-1043 or jkuehny@agctr.lsu.edu.

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Contact: Jeff Kuehny at (225) 578-1043 or jkuehny@agctr.lsu.edu
Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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