Winter Blush™ – Tips and Basic Culture

  • Mid season, marble variety.
  • Dark green leaves and large showy horizontal bracts
  • 8.5 week response time.  Flower initiation approximately September 25th for December 1st timing.
  • Vigorous variety
  • Strong v-shaped architecture

Key Selling Points:

  • Showy, upscale plant.   Marble pattern has great contrast.  Large bracts create a full dome of color.
  • Large, showy cyathia.
  • Excellent vigor makes Winter Blush suitable for larger containers.
  • Outstanding branching characteristics and stem strength.
  • Very good post production characteristics.
  • Responds well to black cloth for earlier sales.

Tips for Success:

  • Winter Blush is a vigorous cultivar.  To reduce the need for PGR’s plant Winter Blush one week later than cultivars such as Prestige.
  • Responsive to PGR’s and a negative DIF for height control.
  • Winter Blush does not respond well to tight spacing due to its vigor.  Produce Winter Blush with maximum spacing for best quality plants.

Special Concerns:

  • Not recommended for tree production due to susceptibility to splitting.
  • Winter Blush is sensitive to drying and rapid changes in light and temperature which may result in minor leaf curl, leaf burn, and lower branch wilting.
  • Maintain even soil moisture and avoid high soluble salts.
  • Bracts are susceptible to sunburn if exposed to high light intensities at finish.  Provide shade to prevent damage to mature bracts. 
  • Winter Blush should not be grown cold.

Suggested Product Forms:

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