Usually potted into 9cm pots (Range 6-10cm) for Mini’s which are generally used in planted bowls and novelty pots, 13cm pots (Range 10-17cm) for the Midi’s / Large for use as specimen house plants.
The challenges of this crop are well known. It is a long crop cycle and the plants need to be closely monitored. Key challenges are the continual supply of calcium to the crop to avoid browning of the leaf edges.
While Poinsettia are traditionally grown with purely water soluble fertilizers, many growers now appreciate the efficiency and ease of using Osmocote Exact Hi.End for the core nutrition combined with supplementary water soluble feeding. Osmocote gives more compact growth from the steady supply of nutrients and the reduction in feed related irrigation cycles. Crop safety under glass.
As well as Osmocote Exact Hi.End ICL would also recommend Osmocote CalMag for soft water systems, where calcium needs are higher.
You can also top up your nutrition throughout the growing season where you think it is needed with Peters Excel CalMag Grower as required. Ask ICL for more details
Osmocote Exact High End Release matches crop needs and gives further release during retail and whole consumer phase. Use with a specific low nutrient Poinsettia growing media which often contains a proportion of perlite to increase the air filled porosity and encourage rooting.
Combine with new Osmocote CalMag 3-4m to add a constant supply of Calcium and Magnesium through the crop cycle, particularly important in Soft water systems.
David Mills, Clockhouse Nursery, using Osmocote CRF, Prestop and Exemptor as part of their Levington Advance Solutions.
Don’t forget to tell your customers of the added benefit to them from the added Osmocote Exact High End in terms of shelf life in the consumer phase.