Jeff Kuehny, Merrill, Thomas A. | 12/2/2005 3:25:18 AM
The LSU AgCenter’s 2005 Poinsettia Open House is set for for Dec. 15 at its Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
The annual event, which provides poinsettia growers and the public with an opportunity to view some of the latest poinsettia varieties and to see results of LSU AgCenter research with the plants, will be conducted in conjunction with a monthly lunchtime program known as "Through the Garden Gate."
The open house will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Ione E. Burden Conference Center.
The lunch program, which will feature LSU AgCenter horticulturists Dr. Jeff Kuehny and Patricia Branch, also will focus on new poinsettia cultivars, as well as the care and selection of poinsettias. It will begin at noon and end about 1 p.m.
There is no charge for attending the open house, but a $5 charge is required for the lunch program, which is coordinated by the LSU AgCenter and the LSU Hilltop Arboretum.
"We have about 20 varieties this year, and we’re trying to focus primarily on the newer cultivars from two suppliers – Ecke and Fischer," Kuehny said.
Some of the LSU AgCenter’s research with poinsettias this year includes the use of a plant growth regulator with poinsettias and its effects on branching and height control, Kuehny said, adding that one-on-one discussions about research also will be conducted during the open house.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture