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Premium poinsettias an annual tradition at feed store

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter


MARTIN CANTU, OWNER OF EARL’S AGRI-BUSINESS, a Raymondville business, knows that not all poinsettias come in the traditional colors. 
(Photo by Allen Essex) MARTIN CANTU, OWNER OF EARL’S AGRI-BUSINESS, a Raymondville business, knows that not all poinsettias come in the traditional colors. (Photo by Allen Essex) What is more Christmassy than poinsettias to decorate a home or office?

Not many people know they were named after Joseph Poinsett (1779-1851), U. S. ambassador to Mexico? The Mexican and Central America plant is a member of the spurge family, with yellow flowers surrounded by large red leaves.

But Martin Cantu, owner of Earl’s Agri-Business, a Raymondville business, knows that not all poinsettias come in the traditional colors.

He showed off some “Christmas Candy” poinsettias to prove his point.

The business has been selling the seasonal flowers over 30 years, he said. “I’ve been working here over 20 years.” Now he owns the business.

“We have pink, red and the Christmas Candy varieties,” he said.

His source for poinsettias is Peterson Bros. of San Antonio and the flowers he sells are thicker, brighter and last longer than those he sees at supermarkets and big box stores, Cantu said.

“We sell them every year to St. Anthony’s Church, Professional Insurance, Mark Brown, Geary Berkman, all over town,” he said.

The poinsettias sold at his store are transplantable, he said. “If they lose all their leaves, they’ll grow back. My aunt plants them. She plants them around her palm tree.”

This week’s cold front will be good for poinsettias, Cantu said. “You won’t have to give them so much water. Normally, I recommend you drop four or five big, square ice cubes around them so they slowly melt, do that every three days. That’s what I recommend.”

It’s a tradition to sell poinsettias at his store, he said.

“We start out with 150 plants. On Friday, the church bought 30 small plants and 20 big ones,” he said.

“We’re down to 30 now.”

Some people come all the way from Edcouch or Harlingen to buy them, Cantu said.

The poinsettias at Earl’s Agri-Business, 292 S. Seventh Street are not cheap. Small ones are $12.50 and large ones are $25.

Earl’s is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. They’re closed on Sunday. They don’t close for lunch.

Better call first to see if they have any poinsettias left: 956-689-2235.

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