Friday, December 18, 2009

Painted Ladies

I'm not a big fan of painted poinsettias, but Chris Beytes reports on these really pretty creations in the latest issue of Grower Talks Acres On line

Finally … what about paint?
It wouldn’t be poinsettia time if I weren’t writing about my favorite poinsettia of all: painted ones! But not those that are sprayed a dozen at a time. I’m talking about the works of art produced by just a handful of poinsettia Picassos out there.

My favorite so far is Scott Hamburg at K&W Greenery in Janesville, Wisconsin. I emailed K&W to see if Scott was still doing his thing for them, and Chris Williams replied that he is, on a freelance basis, even though he no longer works for them.

Chris reports they’ve sold 60 painted poinsettias so far in 2009 (as of December 15), compared to 101 for all of 2008. “The demand has been dwindling a bit over the past few years,” Chris admits. Their poinsettia sales are “decent,” with 8 in. and 10 in. doing well and probably surpassing 2008.

Chris sent me a few photos of Scott’s current work, but I wanted to share with you again one of my favorite groupings of his masterpieces … as inspiration for any of you who think the trend is worth dabbling in … or who have a few whites left that you need to move!

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