- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Mich. (AP) - Poinsettia plants began leaving their snug plastic-wrapped home last week.

The crew at Mischel’s Greenhouse Ltd., nurtured the plants under a huge canopy for weeks. But now it’s time for the colorful leaves to jump into a truck and hitch a ride to Tom’s or Oleson’s or another store somewhere in the region.

The holidays provide a ready market for poinsettias, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle ( https://bit.ly/1QSDMem ).

Greenhouse owner John Mischel and Assistant Grower Ben Urbanavage kept the plants at ideal temperatures and watered them frequently. They tended the pots faithfully as the tiny plants grew into a seasonal symbol treasured by decorators.

Now all that hard work pays off. It’s time to send the mature plants to market so they can trade their weeks of labor for some cash. The poinsettias will end up on desks and floors throughout the land. The tables in the Mischel greenhouse soon will be empty.

But they won’t be for long.

Mischel grows 140 different varieties of plants throughout the year. The greenhouse will shift back into nurturing mode and will raise a crop of annuals that next summer will brighten the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, the roadsides in Charlevoix and many other visual highlights of the region.

Mischel’s also sells to individuals by mail order.

The greenhouse employs up to 10 people in the busy spring months. The crew in autumn shrinks to just Mischel and Urbanavage.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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