The University of Florida will be hosting a Poinsettia Industry Short Course on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at its Research Greenhouse Complex in Gainesville.
Attendees can check out the latest poinsettia varieties evaluated in the National Poinsettia Trials along with University of Florida greenhouse research, including automated irrigation management and heat delay.
On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m., along with a walk-through of the greenhouse. Following a welcome and introduction. Dr. Jim Barrett, Professor Emeritus in Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will discuss highlights of this year’s poinsettia cultivar trials. Barrett’s presentation (which will also be repeated in the afternoon) will be followed by a look at the latest research in heat delay and other production issues.
Commercial breeder presentations will also be made by Beekenkamp, Selecta/Ball, Dümmen Orange, and Syngenta Flowers.