POINSETTIA

Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer is a very dark red-bracted poinsettia with medium vigor. This easy-to-grow variety is extremely uniform in production, and is an earlier version of Christmas Day Red.

Plant Vigor: Medium
Vigor
V-Shaped Habit: Normal
Habit
Response Time in Weeks:
  8
Characteristics
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
Finishing Recommendations
Energy Efficient:

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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"
Containers
2.5" Mini
4 - 5"
6"
8"
10"
Tree/Pyramid
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GARY’S
NOTES
“Christmas Cheer grows steadily once the branches develop, exhibiting consistently slow growth throughout the crop until color begins.”

CULTURE THAT WORKS

propagation

• 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
Poinsettia Christmas Cheer
'NPCW17257'
(Flowering Only License)