Poinsettia farmers in New Jersey brace for peak season
It's peak season for Poinsettia farmers in New Jersey, with Christmas only three weeks away.
The more than 100,000 festive plants grown since June are now ready for sale. Rosemary Thompson's cart at Gasko's Family Farm and Greenhouses in Monroe Township was filled with them.
"They're just so festive, they make you think of Christmas, and the different colors they have now are just beautiful," says Thompson, of Hamilton.
The plant comes in white, pink, and as co-owner Pete Gasko says, some unusual varieties. One is called the "jingle bells."
"It's pretty unique. You have the full white, and then on the same plant there's the red with the white splash," says Gasko.
Seventy-five percent of the 4.5-acre crop is the holiday staple. Red is obviously the most popular color.
"Even if you take a small, 6-inch poinsettia into the house, it kind of brightens the whole house up, so it actually is just a beautiful plant, it really is," says Gasko.
Summer heat, lots of water and plenty of fertilizer made this year's crop especially vibrant.
"It seems like a lot of work for a small amount of selling time. It is, it is, so you have to move fast, good weather, and hopefully they all go," says Gasko.
Once you buy the plant, they don't require much sunlight, just keep it watered.