Poinsettias no longer available from Northern Flowers

Choosing other activities, the Meeds are done with the high-maintenance of the poinsettias

  • Nov. 27, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Peter Meed is happy to transplant seedlings and keep the greenhouses operating.

Peter and Jarka Meeds have made the decision to retire from the poinsettia business. They will concentrate more on bedding plants for the spring.

There are three main reasons Peter says for discontinuing the Christmas flowers. First, the workload became too much for the couple. Secondly, most of the plants were delivered out of town and it was difficult to find a reliable driver, leaving Peter to not only look after the boilers for the greenhouses, but also do the deliveries. And finally, there are dogs to walk and seedlings to plant. Jarka loves to take her German shepherd and yellow lab into the back country and just walk and enjoy nature. Peter is content to stay in the greenhouse and plant the seedlings for next spring’s flowers.

“Poinsettias take a lot of nourishing in such a short time,” Peter said.

“It’s time to sit back and enjoy the things we love to do.”

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