Poinsettias. Ugh. Already? I know, I know, they’re beautiful. They’re festive. They scream “Happy Holidays.” I get all that. But they are soooo annoying.

Poinsettias growing in early November

Poinsettias growing in early November

First, they are the most fragile darn plant, I’m always breaking off a branch here and a branch there. That leads to their toxic sap dripping everywhere. Trust me, you don’t want that sap anywhere near your face or your clothes.

Then there’s how much water they gobble – they suck up tons of water, but if you give them too much, you kill them. Super.

It’s one of the most high-maintenance plants out there. I like low-maintenance plants. If we were talking high school here, Poinsettias would be the Prom Queen – looks great, but lots of drama. (I’d previously mentioned that African Violets were the Prom queens, but they’re really more like the Homecoming Queen now that I think about it.)

So why am I talking about Poinsettias if I dislike them so much?

Wholesale greenhouse at the beginning of November

Wholesale greenhouse at the beginning of November

Because as much as I dislike them, my clients love them. This week I’ll be trying to talk everyone into buying some for the office. It’s a cheap way to lift everyone’s spirits.

Poinsettias growing in November

Poinsettias growing in November

I get my Poinsettias from this adorable little Mom-n-Pop wholesale nursery called Corrales Road Greenhouse (it’s in Albuquerque, not Corrales). They grow the prettiest ones in the state. It looks mindbogglingly difficult to grow Poinsettias, so I’m in awe of these folks for doing it so well.

Poinsettias growing in Albuquerque wholesale greenhouse

Poinsettias growing in Albuquerque wholesale greenhouse

Some were further along than others.

It’s a little sad to go to the greenhouse because they’ve just gotten hammered in recent years. It started with a hurricane in Florida, where most of the plants we use for indoor landscaping are grown. A few years ago, one of those hurricanes wiped out a huge swath of greenhouses and fields. Then fuel prices soared. It’s a bad combo. And that was before the recession!

Today, they’ve eliminated their green plants almost entirely. It’s too expensive to get a truck to drive to New Mexico from Florida. They’ve had to cut way back on Poinsettia production as well.

It’s sad. So even though I’m not a fan, I’ll definitely try to sell as many Poinsettias as possible this year because I sure would miss that nursery.

If you’re local and are interested in ordering Poinsettias for your home, office or for gifts, let me know!

Mom-n-Pop greenhouse grows the prettiest Poinsettias in NM

Mom-n-Pop greenhouse grows the prettiest Poinsettias in NM