POINSETTIA

Christmas Bells

An exceptional mid-to-late poinsettia variety for all regions. Christmas Bells provides vibrantly rich, deep red-colored bracts. The very strong, upright, V-shaped habit works well with no rings in larger containers. This variety is the best late-season choice for northern growers, with an excellent post-harvest performance.

Plant Vigor: Medium
Vigor
V-Shaped Habit: Narrow
Habit
Response Time in Weeks:
  8.5
Characteristics
Season:Mid Season
Foliage:dark green
Natural Flower (first pollen):Nov. 23-27
Response Time in weeks (first pollen):8.5
Vigor:medium
Habit:narrow
Average Bract Size: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.):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 Bells is a great option for late November to early December sales.”

CULTURE THAT WORKS

propagation

• Roots rapidly; plant from liner at 19-21 days; apply rooting hormone to base of cutting
• Uses feed aggressively; start feed program around day 7; failure to feed early enough will result in yellowing
• High vigor level; will require PGR application in propagation; 500-750 ppm Cycocel spray at day 15-20 and can be repeated if necessary
• Plant from liners to finished container when well rooted, prevents stretch

early finished growth

• Must be pinched early: at day 14-16 from a liner; at day 24-26 for direct-stick; failure to pinch early will result in uneven branching
• Apply light PGR when branches are 1-1.5 in. (2.5-4 cm) using Cycocel spray at 500-750 ppm; recommended to even out the branches
• Branching occurs rapidly after pinch; PGR may be needed at 7 days
• Very upright habit and can go to final spacing very early if needed; rings can be avoided, even in large pots

growing on

• Grows aggressively when branches develop; strong growth October into early November; slows as finish approaches in late November
• Northern Climate: PGR limited to Cycocel spray at 500-1,000 ppm
• Southern Climate: Use 1-2 spray applications of B-Nine (1,000 ppm)/Cycocel (500 ppm) before September 20
• Late PGR applications: Cycocel spray 500-750 ppm, end October 15
• Micro Bonzi drenches can begin in early October; too aggressive PGR applications in October can result in smaller bracts

late growing stages

• Feed continuously until finish; watch media EC and reduce feed levels to avoid rapid increase; indicates plants' need for nutrition is waning
• High EC at finish can result in root damage, reduced shelf life and possible Pythium
• Finishes naturally in late November to early December; can be held cool to target week 50-51 sales; avoid dew point to prevent Botrytis

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Poinsettia Christmas Bells
'NPCW19282'
(Flowering Only License)