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Christmas Joy™ Series

Christmas Joy is ready a week before Thanksgiving and colors up right on time for Black Friday — hitting the early market without needing black cloth. Medium-vigor, even-branching series makes it to retail intact and offers less shrinkage. Christmas Joy White is the top-selling white poinsettia in the Selecta One lineup. Due to the uniformity across all colors, Christmas Joy also is our number-one series for mixed containers. Grow this one cool to save energy and money.

Plant Vigor: Medium
V-Shaped Habit: Normal
Response Time in Weeks:
  • Season:Early Season
  • Foliage:dark green
  • Natural Flower (first pollen):Nov. 15-22
  • Response Time in weeks (first pollen):7.5
  • Vigor:medium
  • Habit:normal
  • Average Bract Size:large, pointed
  • Post Harvest:very good
  • 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"
  • 6"
  • 8"
  • 10"
  • Tree/Pyramid
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“Christmas Joy varieties grow steadily once the branches develop, with stronger growth through mid-October. Then they slow down significantly as they get closer to finishing.”



  • Plant from liner at 22-24 days.
  • Apply rooting hormone at the base of cutting.
  • Start feed program at day 7 to prevent yellowing.
  • Apply 500 ppm Cycocel spray at day 18-20.
  • 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 light PGR when branches are 1-1.5 in. (2.5-4 cm) using Cycocel spray at 500 ppm.
  • Prevention strategies for Pythium and Rhizoctonia are recommended shortly after planting into finished containers.

growing on

  • Grows steadily once the branches develop, and exhibits strong growth through mid-October, then slows down significantly as it approaches finish.
  • Northern Climate: Apply Cycocel spray at 500-750 ppm.
  • Southern Climate: Can use Cycocel spray up to 1,000 ppm; 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 drenches can begin in early October, but should be stopped 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. Pay attention to the humidity and avoid dew point to prevent Botrytis.
  • To hold Joy varieties, it is important to cool down temperatures to avoid color fade in the red.

  • Christmas Joy™ Marble
  • Christmas Joy™ Marble Container
Christmas Joy™ Marble
(Flowering Only License)