Shop­pers see point of plant

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tres are ex­pect­ing six poin­set­tia plants to be sold ev­ery minute over the next five weeks as the na­tion gears up for Christ­mas.

The UK’s largest gar­den cen­tre chain – with branches in Willes­bor­ough, Ham­street and Folke­stone – says the tra­di­tional Christ­mas plant has en­joyed a re­vival in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years, with the company ex­pect­ing the poin­set­tia to be their best­selling in­door plant of the year.

“The poin­set­tia is the quin­tes­sen­tial Christ­mas plant,” said Sarah Fuller, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor at Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tres. “All other plants are sold be­fore their de­vel­op­ment process is fin­ished.

“But the poin­set­tia is sold at its most beau­ti­ful and in full bloom – one of the rea­sons our cus­tomers love to give and re­ceive one as a gift dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son and its ev­er­in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity.”

Orig­i­nally from Mex­ico, the plant is best grown to per­fec­tion in cooler cli­mates, with UK nurs­eries equipped to grow plants that are hardier, longer last­ing beyond the fes­tive sea­son and eas­ier to look after than im­ported ones.

Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tres are ex­pect­ing a record 12 mil­lion shop­pers through the door in the run up to Christ­mas.

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