Christmas Eve Red

Grow Eve and then Aurora to cover your red poinsettia needs for the whole season. Both provide superior color retention for long-lasting shelf life, and feature similar intense red bracts, with a shape and orientation that make them easy to sleeve. Following the same culture regime, Christmas Eve Red and Christmas Aurora offer a similar medium-high vigor and upright habit that are ideal for 6-in. (15-cm) pots. These two holiday classics go hand-in-hand, providing reliability and predictable timing across a wide range of environments, and are excellent options for Southern growers. Christmas Eve Red is available as a mini cutting.

Plant Vigor: Medium-High
V-Shaped Habit: Narrow
Response Time in Weeks:
Season:Very Early Season
Foliage:dark green
Natural Flower (first pollen):Nov. 12-22
Response Time in weeks (first pollen):7
Average Bract Size:medium, round
Post Harvest:very good
Finishing Recommendations
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"
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“Christmas Eve Red is an early variety that will grow very little in late October and November.”



• Plant from liner at 19-21 days
• Apply rooting hormone at the base of cutting
• Start feed program at day 7 to prevent yellowing
• Apply Cycocel spray at 500-750 ppm at day 15-20 and repeat if needed
• Plant into finished container when well-rooted

early finished growth

• Pinch early: at day 14-16 from a liner; at day 24-26 for direct-stick
• Apply PGR when branches are 1-1.5 in. (2.5-4 cm), 7 days after pinch
• Apply Cycocel spray at 500-750 ppm
• Christmas Eve Red: Can go to final spacing very early if needed, and rings can be avoided even in large pots

growing on

• Grows aggressively when branches develop; strong growth October through early November; slows as it approaches finish in late November
• Northern Climate: Apply Cycocel spray at 500-1,000 ppm
• 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
• Christmas Aurora: Apply before October 15; Micro Bonzi applications can begin in early October; Christmas Eve Red: Stop applications by October 10; stop Micro Bonzi applications by October 15

late growing stages

• Requires continuous feed until finish; reduce feed levels if media EC increases too rapidly; high EC at finish can result in root damage, reduced shelf life and possible Pythium
• Can be held cool; avoid dew point to avoid Botrytis
• Christmas Eve Red: Early variety grows very little in late October and November; Christmas Aurora: Blushes early but matures to deep ruby red for week 48 and later sales, finishes naturally in late November to early December, and can be held cool to target week 50-51 sales

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Poinsettia Christmas Eve Red
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