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Happy National Poinsettia Day

By Christina Timm

The Poinsettia, a timeless holiday classic…

December 12 is National Poinsettia Day and it wouldn’t be the holidays without a beautiful flash of red, pink, or white. When you think of the holiday season and what best represents its beauty, you might think of the poinsettia. Through its leaves the poinsettia can provide cheer and happiness.


Did you know: The colored leaves are commonly mistaken for flowers; however, they are called bracts or modified leaves. The flower is the yellow center that produces pollen. When the flowers open they shed their pollen causing the leaves to fall soon after. For the longest lasting poinsettia, choose a plant that has little to no yellow pollen.


How we grow our beauties year after year….

We have a funny saying around here: Christmas in July. Why you might ask? Well, July is when we get our poinsettia cuttings. We start our poinsettias from small cuttings with no roots. By sticking them in the soil we start our growing process by misting them until they establish a root system. From there they are moved to another greenhouse where they are properly spaced and irrigation tubes are set in place. Here our growers can maintain the right temperature and lighting to create the perfect color for your holiday enjoyment.

Did you know: All our poinsettias are grown right here on site. Each year two of our main greenhouses are filled with beautiful green plants, and each year they begin to change color right before your eyes.


How-To: Caring for your holiday plant…


Transporting: Poinsettias prefer temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures in Minnesota get well below this, so it’s important to use a paper sleeve to protect the foliage. We recommend removing the sleeve as soon as possible. Do not leave the paper sleeve on for more than 24 hours.

Home Care: Poinsettias enjoy natural lighting and evenly moist soil. They do not appreciate drafts of cold air or excessive heat from appliances. They also struggle if standing in water. It is best to water over a sink letting excess water drip away and place back when no water is dripping.


Contrary to belief poinsettias are not poisonous. Although it is not recommended to ingest the leaves of a poinsettia it would take a 50-pound child ingesting over 500 bracts to have any side effects. A study conducted at Ohio State University disproved the charge that poinsettias are harmful to humans and animals. In any case it has been said that leaves from a poinsettia do not taste great anyways.

See more of our winter collection and our poinsettia sizes!

Japanese Beetles

By: Christina Timm

You have probably noticed the Japanese Beatles feasting on your trees, shrubs, and flowers, but what you might not realize is they are also mating and laying eggs in your soil and turf. We are now in stage 5 of their life span which takes place from July to September as they begin to lay up to 60 eggs.


Stage 1: A dormant grub burrows deep into the soil from October to March

Stage 2: When things start to warm up in March and April the grub starts to feed on roots.

Stage 3: The grub pupates and turns into an adult Japanese Beetle after the spring feed between April and June, and only after its third summer of its life cycle.

Stage 4: The adult Japanese Beetle emerges from the soil to feed on different plants during the months of June, July, and August.

Stage 5: While continuing to feast in July, they also begin mating and laying eggs in the soil through September.

Stage 6: These eggs then hatch into grubs from August to October before going dormant to repeat the process over again in the spring.

Important to Remember: Japanese Beetles can be very destructive, however the tree, shrub, or perennial that is being affected is still structurally strong when treated properly!


Grub Beater


Japanese Beetles got you stressed out this year? Now is a great time to take control for next year. Right now is the time to apply Bonide's Grub Beater to your lawn.

Apply Grub Beater to your lawn using the proper protective wear and application rates for your area of lawn. It is very important that irrigation or rainfall is applied within 24 hours of application to activate the ingredients through the thatch. Be sure to read the label before application.

Poinsettias: The Ultimate Holiday Gift

Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery Blog By: Christina Timm

Christmas Day Red Poinsettia

Christmas Day Red Poinsettia

Poinsettias, a Timeless Holiday Plant

When you think of the holiday season and what best showcases its beauty, you think of a poinsettia. The poinsettia is a timeless holiday plant that will forever represent the holidays and bring cheer through its leaves.

Christmas Lights Poinsettia

Christmas Lights Poinsettia

Locally Grown Poinsettias

All our poinsettias are grown onsite in two of our many greenhouses. With our team of growers, Dawn and Jenny, led by our Production Manager Ron, we can grow and maintain healthy, full poinsettias.

Grower Dawn hand selecting poinsettias for a wholesale order.

Grower Dawn hand selecting poinsettias for a wholesale order.

The Growing Process

Our poinsettias start off as small cuttings with no roots. We start the growing process by sticking them in the beginning of July and misting them until they establish the start of a good root system. From there they are moved to another greenhouse where they are properly spaced and irrigation tubes are set in place. Here they will be cared for and grown until they are ready to be sold.  

A poinsettia cutting.

A poinsettia cutting.

A Variety of Poinsettias

Every year we hand select the healthiest, most sturdy poinsettias available to make sure our customers are getting the best product possible. So, next time you are looking for a poinsettia, think locally grown, think Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery!

Marbella Poinsettia.

Marbella Poinsettia.