The story of our home grown Poinsettias

Did you know that Pentland Plants were one of the first nurseries in the UK to grow the now popular Poinsettia. 

Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbia family and known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima. Joel Robert Poinsett introduced the plant to the US in 1928 He was a botanist, physician and the first US ambassador to Mexico. 

In its native Mexico they are a wild plant growing up to 3 m and the coloured parts are not actually flowers but modified bracts or leaves. The actual flowers are the yellow cyathia in the centre and when it is in full flower you can see the bottle brush flower covered in pollen. We treat them with growth retardant and pinch them to keep them compact.

In the early 60’s David Sprays Father Joseph read about them in an American journal and had some sent across from California. In those days we bought in dry woody plants which we coaxed back to life to produce cuttings. Now of course we import soft green cuttings from Ethiopia as air travel has made the world a much smaller place so anywhere is just a day away. 

The cuttings arrive in July and are potted into 13cm pots in a very special open compost with lots of food and trace elements included. They are pinched to produce side shoots and spaced out regularly to give a good all round shape. They are grown in a warm, bright, draft free glasshouse and watered and fed until they change colour in November. 

We grown over 50,000 Poinsettias here at Pentland and supply garden centres across the country with all the colours available such as whites, pinks, variegated and burgundy. A beautiful range is currently available to purchase at Pentland Plants. They make a lovely gift and can also be kept well after Christmas as a normal houseplant!

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'Winters Frost' Collection

Our ‘Winters Frost’ collection is bursting with gorgeous blue, grey and silver tones to create a luxurious and eye-catching range to bring your tree to life. This collection, bursting with gorgeous goodies is a must have for adding a little festive glamour to your home!

Here are some of our favourtie decorations currently on sale. Pop in and take a look around the full collection located in the annex at Pentland! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'Traditional Christmas' Collection

 

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas at Pentland without our ‘Traditional Christmas’ collection. This year our range is filled with lots of beautiful decorations and rich festive colour. From fun ceramics, candles and felted decorations to beautifully decorated gold, green and red baubles and delicate ornaments - you can choose from high quality timeless pieces that will last for years to come! 

Here are a few of the lovely decorations from the range currently on sale in the annex at Pentland Plants.

 

 

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'Woodland Walk' Christmas Collection

'Woodland Walk’ is our beautiful new collection inspired by nature. Natural colours, textures and gorgeous woodland creatures create a vibrant and fun range that all the family will love! 

Here are just a few examples of some of the lovely decorations available now in the annex at Pentland Plants!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'Magical Dreams' Christmas Collection

 

Taking centre stage in our Christmas department this year is our ‘Magical Dreams’ collection. We've travelled far and wide to bring together a unique range of beautiful decorations that you won't find anywhere else! Filled with sparkles, glitter, soft pinks, snowy whites and a variety of lovely textures, Magical Dreams is one of this years ‘must have’ on trend themes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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