Peddling poinsettias

Thursday, December 4, 2008 | 9:58 p.m. CST; updated 10:10 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 4, 2008
Karen Momper wraps a EuroGlory poinsettia in gold paper for a customer in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Center on Dec. 4, 2008. Momper is a member of the Mizzou Horticulture Club, which grows and sells poinsettias every year.

The Mizzou Horticulture Club, consisting of agriculture students at MU, has been growing about 160 poinsettias throughout the semester and is selling them in order to raise funds. 

The club has three sales a year, which include selling roses for Valentine’s Day and budding plants for spring.  These funds are then used to help the club go on field trips and participate in service activities. 

Fun facts

  • Poinsettias are native to Mexico and prefer a warmer climate so should be kept in rooms with temperatures between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • They are America’s best selling potted plant and are grown commercially in all 50 states. 
  • Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous, but another holiday favorite, mistletoe, can be quite harmful. 
  • Poinsettias are named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who also founded the Smithsonian Institute.

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Some service activities the club has performed in the past have included adopting a family, helping the elderly with landscaping and helping construct an urban garden in St. Louis to provide a neighborhood with cheap, fresh food.

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