Prestige™ Early Red – Tips and Basic Culture

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Product Description:

  • Early season, red variety
  • Dark green leaves and large showy horizontal bracts
  • 8.5 week response time.  Flower initiation approximately September 15th for November 15th timing.
  • Medium vigor
  • Strong v-shaped architecture

Key Selling Points:

  • Beautiful red, horizontal bracts.
  • Prestige Early Red can be grown in a variety of container sizes from 4” to 12” containers and trees.
  • Prestige Early Red can be grown cool.
  • Prestige Early Red is ideal for high density growing.
  • Reduce shirk by growing Prestige Early Red!  Its natural stem strength and v-shaped architecture eliminate stem breakage.
  • Post production characteristics are outstanding.

Tips for Success:

  • Soft pinch with leave removal is recommended for optimum branching.  Florel® is not necessary for Prestige Early Red. 
  • Pinching during periods of high light, high heat, and low relative humidity may result in poor branching. 
  • Pot tight spacing for an extended period after pinching to promote upright branching is not necessary for Prestige Early Red.  V-shaped architecture is a natural characteristic of this variety. 
  • Responsive to DIF and PGR’s for height control.
  • Prestige Early Red is sensitive to heat delay.  Maintain night temperatures below 72°F during flower initiation to avoid delay. 

Special Concerns:

  • Prestige Early Red initiates flowers approximately 2 weeks before Prestige therefore it should be planted and pinched 2 weeks earlier than Prestige to achieve desired finished height.
  • Early planting will also promote better cyathia production.


Suggested Product Forms:

  • 2.5” Mini
  • 4” Pixie Pinched
  • 5-5”
  • 6-6.5” Pinched
  • 8” Multi Pinched
  • 10” Multi
  • Mini Tree
  • Tree
  • Hanging Basket
  • Single Stem or Non- Pinch

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