Growing poinsettias not easy in Florida climate, but people still seek them here at Christmas
An audio slideshow of poinsettias at UF can be seen here.
Poinsettias have long been associated with the holiday season.
University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture Department Jim Barrett said people have grown to be nostalgic about them.
Blake Hunter, head grower for the University of Florida’s Horticulture Club, said growing poinsettias in Florida faces one big issue — temperature. Green houses help control their growth.
The University of Florida’s Horticulture Club holds a poinsettia sale each year. At this year’s sale, Gainesville residents Karen Scarborough and Mary Ellen Vanderburke went to check out what the school had to offer and were sure they were going to leave with some poinsettias of their own.
Poinsettias are usually used as decorations around the home, but Barrett said the plants should be put in a bright place close to a window as soon as possible.
More Stories in Local
One less youth football league will hit the field this fall. The North Central Florida YMCA youth flag football league has been sidelined due to lack of registered participants, which typically consists of at least 100 children. This change may [...]
Food insecure locals received extra food resources thanks to the Salvation Army and the Nourishment Network Food Bank. The organizations, in partnership with Farm Share, held a free food distribution at the Salvation Army of Gainesville. About 500 local individuals and households received [...]
No More Homeless Pets has received a grant for $25,000 from Florida Animal Friend to sponsor free spay and neuter for low-income houses, veterans and students with financial aid. This is the third time the grant has been given to the organization.
People began lining up as early as Thursday afternoon outside of some retail stores in Gainesville, waiting on the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless, is discontinuing two of its staple services Oct. 1. The marketplace will no longer offer shelter under its outdoor pavilion, and will also close the chapel on site.