Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC Spices Up Poinsettia Sale with Orange Variety

(November 20, 2012, Oklahoma City, OK) – Spicing up the traditional holiday colors, OSU-Oklahoma City is adding orange to their list of poinsettia varieties. ‘Orange Spice’ will be grown at the Agriculture Technologies’ Annual Poinsettia Sale beginning Thursday, November 29.


The sale will run November 30-December 1 and December 3-8 in the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center, 400 N. Portland Ave. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The sale will be closed Sunday.


“Orange is unusual as a holiday color, but it is the color of our Cowboys,” says Julia Laughlin, OSU-OKC Horticulture Department Head. “We are trying to catch the true OSU fan.”


According to Greenhouse and Gardens Manager Lynn Nichols, this is the first time OSU-OKC has grown orange poinsettias and hopes they will continue to increase in popularity. He says they are growing around 200 ‘Orange Spice’ plants, along with the other traditional poinsettia varieties.


“There are many, many cultivars that have been developed, including [varieties] in salmons, brick reds, and other hints of orange. However, ‘Orange Spice’ is considered the only true orange,” says Haldor Howard, OSU-OKC Horticulture Assistant Professor. “It is a relatively new release, which explains why it is not a longstanding tradition here. But now that it’s here, it may prove to merit special attention for the OSU community.”


The ‘Orange Spice’ variety will be available in 6½-inch pots for $9. Other varieties will also be available during the sale for $9. Proceeds from the Poinsettia Sale will benefit OSU-OKC Horticulture students and programs.


For more information about the Poinsettia Sale, call 405.945.3358 or visit www.osuokc.edu/agriculture.

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