By Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers
Photographs courtesy of Suntory Flowers
This is an exciting year for Suntory’s Princettia euphorbia line because we have six new varieties that will be hitting the market this season. Three are in the compact Princettia series and three are in the larger Princettia Queen series.
Princettia Queen Shell Pink
Princettias are different than standard poinsettias in that they are a hybrid cross with another species of euphorbia. This makes them more tropical in color and form and more heat tolerant. They also produce clusters of smaller bracts to create a centerpiece look. Plants are naturally compact, which make them a nice fit for mantles, tablescapes and to tuck into combination dish gardens and mixed color bowls.
Princettia Queen Rose Punch
They also have a longer keeping quality and can be kept as a nice blooming houseplant for months after Christmas. In milder climates, like Florida and Southern California, they can be planted outdoors in landscapes and containers. Their beauty is welcome long past December.
Princettia Sparkling Rouge
Consumers love the splashy patterns in traditional poinsettia varieties. These are often referred to as jingle bell or glitter patterns. Two new Princettia varieties are Sparkling Rouge and Sparkling Rosé. These are the first two euphorbia varieties to have a novel flowering pattern. Another addition to the main Princettia line is Pure Red, which is a more vibrant red than the current Princettia Red, which is more cranberry in color.
Princettia Queen Pink (left) and Dark Pink
The vibrant pinks everyone loves in Princettia are now available in a larger, more traditional size. Princettia Queen Pink has been on the market for a few years. Joining her this season are:
Hot Pink – a lighter bubblegum color
Shell Pink – a light coral pink resembling seashells
Rose Punch – a gorgeous Hawaiian punch color
Princettia Pure White
With the wide array of colors, from the whitest white to shades of pink and red, it’s fun to plant dish gardens that pop. You may see Princettia pink varieties mixed with your favorite tropical house plants or polka dot plant (Hypoestes). Princettia Pure White looks festive with ornaments and a white kalanchoe.
The compact size makes it easy to tuck Princettia into planters without dominating the entire arrangement. Plants stay put and stay nice!
Princettia Sparkling Rosé
Princettia poinsettias require the same care as other poinsettia varieties:
Don’t overwater. Allow the soil to dry slightly before watering thoroughly. Pour out excess water that collects in a decorative basket or foil wrap. Do not allow to sit in standing water.
Place the plant in bright indirect light. Remove or bend down the foil wrap to allow light to reach the entire plant.
Keep plants away from drafts of hot and cold air.
For more information about Princettia and ways you can use them in your holiday décor, visit: