POINSETTIA

Christmas Mouse™

Christmas Mouse has unique, “mouse ear” bracts – completely new to the market! This upright, medium-vigor poinsettia is an easy-to-grow, red-bracted novelty. Christmas Mouse made its debut in Europe a year prior to the U.S. and had impressive success. This variety is a great product for young consumers.

Plant Vigor: Medium
Vigor
V-Shaped Habit: Normal
Habit
Response Time in Weeks:
  8-8.5
Characteristics
Season:Mid Season
Foliage:dark green
Natural Flower (first pollen):Nov. 20-24
Response Time in weeks (first pollen):8-8.5
Vigor:medium
Habit:normal
Average Bract Size:large, oval (unique) mouse ear
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 Mouse stands out in the marketplace. It’s a strong red novelty, ideal for target sales to new, young poinsettia customers.”

CULTURE THAT WORKS

propagation

• Roots very rapidly; plant from a liner at 19-21 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
• High vigor level; will require PGR application in propagation; 500-750 ppm Cycocel spray at day 15-20, which can be repeated if necessary
• 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
• 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 ppm or 750 ppm to even out branches
• This branching occurs very rapidly after pinching and PGR may be needed as quickly as 7 days
• Upright habit; can go to final spacing very early if needed

growing on

• Aggressive growth when branches develop; shows strong growth from October into early November; slows down at finish in late November
• Northern Climate: PGR limited to Cycocel spray at 500-750 ppm
• Southern Climate: Use 1-2 spray applications of B-Nine (1,000 ppm)/Cycocel (500 ppm) before September 20 
• Later PGR applications: Cycocel spray 500-750 ppm, end October 10
• Micro Bonzi drenches can begin in early October

late growing stages

• Strong root system; requires continuous feed until finish; watch media EC and reduce feed levels to avoid rapid increase in media EC; this 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

  • Poinsettia Christmas Mouse™
Poinsettia Christmas Mouse™
'NPCW19280'
(Flowering Only License)