Veteran grower says poinsettias remain holiday decorating favorite

Mark Abrams
November 26, 2018 - 8:43 am
Dave Glick, right, owner of Glick's Greenhouse in Oley, Berks County, stands with his nephew, Joe Glick, in one of the greenhouses where he grows poinsettias.

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OLEY TWP., Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The poinsettia plant is a traditional part of holiday decorating in many homes each year. One grower from the Philadelphia region has been cultivating hundreds of thousands of the plants for more than a quarter-century.

Dave Glick, the owner of Glick's Greenhouse in Oley, Berks County, says the process begins right before the start of summer each year.

"We buy an unrooted cutting the second week of June. And it's just a piece of plant without any roots," Glick said. "And, then we root that."

Glick says it takes a lot of care after the plants are started.

"The end of October we start seeing the color. And yes, the temperature has a lot to do with it, the light, the moisture," Glick said.

One of the many hybrid varieties of poinsettias grown at Glick's Greenhouse in Oley, Berks County
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Glick says the plants generally like 12 hours of light, temperatures in the 60s and daily watering.

Are poinsettias dangerous to curious household pets? Glick says he's often asked about dangers the plants may pose.

"There was some research done in North Carolina, and they have proven it's pretty much of a myth," Glick says. "If an animal would eat a lot, they might get a little bit sick, but it is not a dangerous plant to them."

Dave Glick has been staging an annual holiday-themed event to showcase the thousands of poinsettias he grows and sells. It's coming up this weekend: Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Last year, 9,000 people from throughout the Delaware Valley attended the three-day event.