Poinsettia tradition in Grand Island

Williams Greenhouse in Grand Island is carrying on a decade plus long Christmas tradition and...
Williams Greenhouse in Grand Island is carrying on a decade plus long Christmas tradition and its all thanks to their manager.(KASEY MINTZ, KSNB)
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 6:50 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Williams Greenhouse in Grand Island is carrying on a decade plus long Christmas tradition and its all thanks to their manager.

Juan Partida is the manager of the Williams Greenhouse and he starts work well before the Christmas season growing poinsettias.

“We start the first week of August we get them in plugs, just small plants. And then from then on you just spray them with regulators and you have to keep them kind of in between wet and dry, you don’t want to have them too wet or too dry,” Partida said.

Despite the long term work it takes to grow the red leafed plants, Partida says he is happy to grow them so people can use them for their Christmas decorations.

The work is not only long, but it is also very tedious as well. It is an everyday affair to grow poinsettias.

“It takes quiet a bit of work sometimes, so you get them when their little and two week late you have to pinch the tops to make then branch out more,” Partida said. “So from then on you just work on them everyday to make sure they all have the proper water and their all pinched.”

Partida takes care of every poinsettia plant Williams Greenhouse sells, from planting to sale of the plant.

He said he has worked with Williams Greenhouse for 23 years and 16 of those years he had been growing the poinsettias.

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