Yanik writes, in Greenhouse Grower magazine, that the average retail price for a 10-inch potted poinsettia went from $25.42 in 2000 to $31.92 in 2011. Of those sold by retailers, 97.5 percent of the poinsettias in 2011 were red, according to Yanik, with novelty colors selling only 2.1 percent.
Forestry workshop series
West Virginia State University Extension Service is launching a series of workshops pertaining to various topics in urban forestry. Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. Topics and dates are as follows:
March 6: Tree pruning and maintenance
April 10: Site and species selection
May 8: Tree planting
The workshops are designed to attract homeowners looking to improve the look of their landscape, as well as community leaders hoping to add some landscaping appeal to their towns.
"It is very important to understand what a tree needs to be healthy and how to keep it healthy," says Brad Cochran, extension associate for agriculture and natural resources. "These workshops will provide for participants a solid foundation to begin and sustain their urban forestry projects."
Each workshop costs $10 to attend. Registration is required; contact WVSU Extension Service at 304-766-4288 or via email at extens...@wvstateu.edu. Door prizes will be given away at each event.
The Cedar Lakes Conference Center is located at 82 FFA Drive in Ripley. The workshops will be held in Jackson Hall.
Barrackville Elementary School third-grader Nicole Butler grew a humongous cabbage and was randomly chosen by West Virginia's Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass as the state's winner in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Butler will receive a $1,000 savings bond toward education from Bonnie Plants.
More than 4,000 West Virginia students participated in the contest, with 1.5 million third-graders in 48 states joining in the hands-on gardening experience.
Each year, Bonnie Plants, the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America, trucks free O.S. Cross, or "oversized," cabbage plants to third-grade classrooms whose teachers have signed up for the program online at www.bonnieplants.com. If nurtured and cared for, kids can grow green, giant cabbages, some tipping the scales at 40 pounds.
At the end of the growing season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the best cabbage, based on size and appearance. A picture of the cabbage and the student is submitted to Bonnie Plants. That student's name is then entered in a statewide drawing. The winners of each state's drawing are randomly selected by the Commission of Agriculture's office, state by state.
Why a cabbage? Cabbages were the first plant sold by Bonnie in 1918. Visit www.bonnieplants.com.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.