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Outback™ Silver Sunburst


Chrysocephalum can be propagated in various tray sizes including 32,50,72,84 and 105’s. Stick one cutting per cell. Propagation Cycle: 3- 4 weeks


  • Choose a well-drained aerated propagation media.
  • Avoid media containing peat moss which will hold too much water.
  • Choose a blended media with other components or inorganic media such as Oasis® or Rockwool®.

Bottom Heat

  • Bottom heat will promote healthy root development.
  • Maintain bottom heat at 70-75°F/21-24°C.
  • Mist will cool the media temperature. Monitor media temperature closely and frequently.

Rooting Hormones

  • None


  • Average days with mist vary from 7-10 days depending on environmental conditions in the greenhouse.
  • Excess mist will turn cuttings green.
  • Mist cuttings so they remain turgid but avoid over misting that results in saturated media.
  • Over misting will result in slow rooting and possible problems with root rot and botrytis.
  • Mist should be eliminated or significantly reduced as roots form.

Growth Regulating

  • Growth regulating should not be necessary.


  • Pinch Day 14 by removing growing tip.


  • Begin feeding as roots are visible. Begin with 75 ppm nitrogen then increase to 150 ppm. Choose a fertilizer with low levels of ammonium based nitrogen and avoid overhead feeding with fertilizer containing phosphorus.
  • Maintain pH at 5.8-6.2.
  • Maintain EC at 0.75-0.80 mmhos.

Growing On

Choose a media with the following traits:

  • Good aeration
  • Porosity between 5-15%
  • Sterile


  • Avoid excess irrigation and fertilization while plants are establishing which can lead to slow root development. Do not allow mature plants to dry excessively. Excess water will result in unwanted stretch and plant loss.
  • Fertilizer Regime
    • Begin fertilizing 2 weeks after transplant.
    • Choose a complete balanced fertilizer complete with minor elements.
    • Apply 250 ppm constant liquid feed with a fertilizer low in phosphorus.
    • Extra calcium will help to strengthen stems.
    • A slow release product may also be used to supplement a constant liquid feed program and may provide improved performance for the consumer.
  • Maintain pH between 5.8-6.2
  • Optimum EC is 1.5 to 2 mmhos. Provide periodic clear water application if excess salts accumulate.

Establishing temperature: 68°F/20°C average daily temperature

Temperatures for growing on: 68-70°F/20-26°C Days and 62-65°F/17-18°F Nights

  • Chrysocephalum prefers warm temperatures.  Cooler temperatures may slow growth.

Relative Humidity:

  • Maintain relative humidity below 70% and provide good air circulation to avoid problems with botrytis.

Chrysocephalum prefers high light.

  • 6000 foot candles/43,100 lux minimum
  • 9000 foot candles/64,600 lux maximum

Establish plants pot tight than space to:

  • 4” pots – 5-6” centers (approximately 2 per sq. ft.)
  • 6” pots/1 gallon – 14” centers
  • 8” pots – 18” centers

1st Pinch- in propagation *4” pots can be produced with a pinch in finishing is the plants were pinched in propagation.

2nd Pinch – 10-14 days after transplant.

*In larger containers additional pinches will promote a full plant habit.

Plant Growth Regulators
Good light levels and good cultural practices are the best means of controlling stretch.

If needed:

  • Growth regulating is generally not needed.  Trial rates and products based on labeled recommendations.

Insect and Disease Concerns

  • Aphids
  • Whiteflies


  • Botrytis
  • Root and stem rots


Product Form # Liners per pot Total Crop Time From Transplant (weeks)
4” 1 9-11
6” 1 12-14
10-12” 3 12-14


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