Sea­sonal favourite shows its true colours

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By El­lie Forbes

THEIR vivid colour­ing has made them a firm favourite for the fes­tive sea­son.

And as this red car­pet of poin­set­tias shows, this year’s crop is ready to brighten up the win­ter gloom.

Around 50,000 have been cul­ti­vated by staff at Pent­land Plants in green­houses at Loan­head, Mid­loth­ian.

Carolyn Spray, 51, has been sell­ing the plants com­mer­cially for more than 25 years af­ter her grand­fa­ther in­tro­duced them to Bri­tain from Mex­ico, where they orig­i­nated.

Poin­set­tias are hugely pop­u­lar as Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions or as sea­sonal gifts for friends and fam­ily.

But this year, in ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tion­ally coloured plants, around 8,000 bright pink ones have been grown as part of a cam­paign by the cen­tre to help raise money for sec­ondary breast cancer charity Make 2nds Count.

Miss Spray said that £1 from the sale of each the pink poin­set­tias will be do­nated to the cause.

She added: ‘One of our sup­plier’s daughters has sec­ondary breast cancer and that’s why I de­cided to fundraise for the charity.

‘We are hop­ing to raise as much as we can be­fore Christ­mas.’

Sea of scar­let: Staff check poin­set­tia crop grown at Loan­head

Bright stuff: Ready for sale

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