New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher urged consumers last week to ask for locally-grown poinsettias when purchasing the plant for the holidays this year.
“Just like buying local produce helps our state’s farmers, buying a poinsettia that was grown here in New Jersey helps sustain our state’s agriculture industry,” Fisher says. “Poinsettias are a beautiful, festive plant and we have many growers in the state who specialize in the traditional, as well as more unusual varieties. They make great gifts or decorations for your holiday home.”
Fifty-eight poinsettia growers operated within New Jersey in 2009. In all, the 58 sold 1,335,000 potted plants. Wholesale sales of New Jersey-grown poinsettias amounted to more than $6.6 million in 2009, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.