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Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer is a dark red-bracted poinsettia with medium vigor that is easy to grow and extremely uniform in production. Consider it your earlier version of Christmas Day Red.

Plant Vigor: Medium
V-Shaped Habit: Normal
Response Time in Weeks:
  • Season:Mid Season
  • Foliage:dark green
  • Natural Flower (first pollen):Nov. 15-22
  • Response Time in weeks (first pollen):8
  • Vigor:medium
  • Habit:normal
  • Average Bract Size:large, pointed
  • Post Harvest:very good
  • Energy Efficient:
  • Varieties are rated from most () to least () efficient. Contact us for guides.

  • Cool Finish (24 hrs avg.):63°F / 17° C
  • Indicates minimum temperature starting two weeks after the beginning of short days. Please note that a crop grown cooler requires more time to finish (4 to 7 days), and will have smaller bracts and darker color (for example, white may turn cream-yellow). Toward the end of the crop (two weeks prior to shipping), slowly lower the temperature for green-leafed varieties to 65°F (18°C) day/night and dark green-leafed varieties to 63°F (17°C) day/night.

  • Space Efficient:
  • Varieties are rated from most () to least () efficient. Contact us for guides.

  • Recommended spacing for 6":13"x13"
  • 2.5" Mini
  • 4 - 5"
  • 6"
  • 8"
  • 10"
  • Tree/Pyramid
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“Christmas Cheer grows steadily once the branches develop, exhibiting consistently slow growth throughout the crop until color begins.”



  • Roots well; plant from a liner at 24 days.
  • Apply rooting hormone at the base of cutting.
  • Start feed program at day 7.
  • Feed aggressively; failure to feed early enough will result in yellowing and hardening.

early finished growth

  • Pinch early: at day 14-18 from a liner; at day 28 for direct stick.
  • Breaks begin to grow 5-7 days after pinch.
  • In low-humidity climates, Florel applications before and/or after pinch may help hasten branching.

growing on

  • Grows steadily once the branches develop, and exhibits consistent slow growth throughout the crop until color begins.
  • Apply light PGR when branches are 1-1.5 in. (2.5-4 cm) using Cycocel spray at 500-750 ppm.
  • Apply more aggressive PGR when branches are 2 in. (5 cm).
  • Southern Climate: Use 1-2 applications of B-Nine (1,000 ppm)/Cycocel (500 ppm) before September 20. Apply later Cycocel sprays at 500-750 ppm, with last applications by October 10.
  • Micro Bonzi drenches can begin in early October.

late growing stages

  • Requires continuous feed until finish.
  • Reduce feed levels if media EC increases too rapidly.
  • Requires that the finished pH be maintained below 6.6 to prevent magnesium deficiency. This shows up in the form of interveinal chlorosis near the outer part of the leaves about 3/4 of the way up the plant, usually in late October. If this occurs, foliar applications of chelated magnesium can be applied.

  • Poinsettia Christmas Cheer
  • Poinsettia Christmas Cheer Container
Poinsettia Christmas Cheer
(Flowering Only License)