by Connie Oswald Stofko
Poinsettias are wonderful for all the winter holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. You can use them to decorate your home or give them as gifts.
The colorful part of the poinsettia that looks like a flower petal is actually a bract, a kind of leaf.
- ‘Autumn Leaves’, which has bracts in autumny orange tones
- ‘Princettia’, the whitest poinsettia you can find
- The Mischler’s Poinsettia, a traditional, deep-red poinsettia.
Bonus tip: Learn how to care for your poinsettias for weeks or months here.
If you want something for Thanksgiving, try ‘Autumn Leaves’.
This is the first time he has grown the variety, said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s.
“They’re fun to watch,” he said. The bracts started out green and are now a peachy orange color. As they mature, they are developing a yellow color.
You can get them now with accents for Thanksgiving such as a tiny pumpkin or autumn leaf, then change the accents to suit later winter holidays.
In past years, a “white” poinsettia was a yellowy cream color. But ‘Princettia’ is a game changer.
“This is about as true a white as you will get on a poinsettia,” Yadon said.
Another advantage of this variety is the abundance of bracts, which puts on a pleasing show.
In addition to white, ‘Princettia’ also comes in a vibrant hot pink.
The Mischler Poinsettia
“The Mischler Poinsettia is what we’re known for,” Yadon said, pointing to the display of deep red poinsettias. “Look at this plant and at a plant from a grocery store—there’s no comparison.
“Ours are vibrant, durable and long lasting. They’re well branched and full.
“And they’re local. We grow them right here in Williamsville. We’re the only local florist I know of that grows their own poinsettias.”
It takes time to produce these plants; Mischler’s has been growing their poinsettias since July.
They have a loyal following of fans of their poinsettias, especially The Mischler Poinsettia.
“Eighty to 90 percent of our poinsettias are sold to existing customers who order them year after year,” he said. People from out of state will order Mischler’s poinsettias and have them delivered to friends and relatives here, or buy them for themselves. Only a fraction of their poinsettia sales are to people who stop into the shop.
To introduce the quality of their poinsettias to even more people, Mischler’s is offering free local delivery of poinsettias. Place your order by Saturday, Dec. 11 for delivery by Wednesday, Dec. 15. You can stop in to the shop at 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville; call 716-632-1290, or order online. See Mischler’s delivery areas here.