POINSETTIA

Christmas Spirit

Very large-bracted Christmas Spirit offers a rich red color for enormous retail appeal. This variety is best-suited for large pots, due to its big vigor and early-flowering. Plus, it’s a superior choice for cold-finish production.

Plant Vigor: High
Vigor
V-Shaped Habit: Narrow
Habit
Response Time in Weeks:
  7.5
Characteristics
Season:Early Season
Foliage:dark green
Natural Flower (first pollen):Nov. 12-19
Response Time in weeks (first pollen):7.5
Vigor:high
Habit:narrow
Average Bract Size:very large, pointed
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.):60°F / 15°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":14"x14"
Containers
2.5" Mini
4 - 5"
6"
8"
10"
Tree/Pyramid
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GARY’S
NOTES
“Christmas Spirit is an early variety that shows strong growth through mid-October and will grow very little in November.”

CULTURE THAT WORKS

propagation

• Roots rapidly; plant from a 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 the finished container when well-rooted
• Feed aggressively; failure to feed early enough will result in yellowing and hardening

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

growing on

• Grows steadily once the branches develop and exhibits strong growth 
 through mid-October, then slows down as it approaches finish
• 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, ending by October 10
• Micro Bonzi applications can begin in early October, stopping 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, but pay attention to the humidity and avoid dew point to prevent Botrytis

  • Poinsettia Christmas Spirit
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Poinsettia Christmas Spirit
'NPCW18087'
PP31,730
(Flowering Only License)