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Published December 10, 2009, 02:58 PM

UMC Students Grow Poinsettias to Sell

Some University of Minnesota Crookston students are selling more than a half dozen types of poinsettias they spent months meticulously growing.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

Some University of Minnesota Crookston students are selling more than a half dozen types of poinsettias they spent months meticulously growing.

Six students in the commercial floriculture class started growing the pants in September. They spent as many as five hours a day watering and fertilizing at just the right rate. There seven different types including the rare ice punch breed. Its red with white spots on the outside of the leaves. They say the biggest misconception about the holiday plants is how they get their color.

Jada Ellenberg: "The color you see is actually due to light they need less than 12 hours of light which gives them the color a lot of people don't know that they think its because of nutrition deficiencies, but its actually the light."

The plants are being sold off including the rare ice punch variety. The money will go toward next years crop.

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