Perfect poinsettias start growing in July

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Christmas begins in July for Judy Pemberton of Pemberton's Greenhouses in Lexington.

That's when the business begins growing the popular Christmas poinsettias so they are mature in time for the holidays. Pemberton told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she gets 12,000 tiny poinsettias to plant at the greenhouses. She said she cranks up the Christmas music to get in the spirit, even though she and others are working in 120-degree heat.

She says the plants take some pampering to come by their colors. They have to have "pure darkness" at night in order to turn.

The Pembertons are sixth-generation growers, having been in the nursery business since 1871 and at their current location near Georgetown Road since 1945. It was formerly called W.P. Pemberton and Sons.

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