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NEW Interspecific Geranium Solera™ Orange

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Medium vigor, dark leaf. 
  • The first interspecific geranium series to join the Ball FloraPlant lineup!
  • Medium-sized plants keep their blooms all season, driving higher sales at retail and creating satisfied gardeners. 
  • The series offers excellent garden performance in an easy-to-control, medium greenhouse habit.
  • Interspecific breeding means great heat tolerance and longevity in the garden and containers.
  • Availability from our new state-of-the-art YecaFlora farm in Mexico with trucking to the U.S. border.
  • They are best suited to 5-in. (13-cm) and larger pots, and they create long-lasting color in the garden.

General Information

Height: 12-14" (30-36cm)
Spread: 12-14" (30-36cm)
Exposure: Sun

Propagation Guide

Tray Sizes (cells/tray): See Comments
Rooting Hormone: Optional
Average Days with Mist: 9-12
Pinch: No
Average Propagation Time (weeks): 3-4
Comments: Stick immediately upon arrival. Geraniums are best rooted in media in strip form to allow for maximum airflow and avoid foliage overlap. After initial rehydration, careful misting is required to optimize callus and root initiation. Mature leaves should show slight wilting at midday and regain turgor in the late afternoon under ideal mist conditions. Leaf petiole wilting indicates undermisting. Overmisting leads to Botrytis. Remove flower buds at transplanting.

Finishing

Soil pH: 6.2-6.6
Light Levels (fc): 3,500-6,000
Temperature Day: 65-76°F (18-24°C)
Temperature Night: 62-67°F (17-19°C)
Fertilization (ppm N): 225-300
No. of Pinches: 0
Plant Growth Regulators (S=spray / (D=Drench: Cycocel(S) 750-1,000 ppm to control growth; Florel(S) 200-300 ppm to improve branching.
Pests: Fungus gnats, thrips, aphids, mites
Diseases: Botrytis, Pythium, Xanthomonas
Comments: Day and night temperatures of 71 to 76°F (21 to 24°C) are ideal for the earliest stages of plant development. Zodiac Geraniums usually do not require PGRs to produce high-quality plants.

Crop Time (weeks)

4- to 5-inch (10- to 13-cm) Pots, Quarts: 1 ppp, 8-9 weeks
6-inch (15-cm) Pots, Gallons: 1-2 ppp, 9-10 weeks
10- to 12-inch (25- to 30-cm) Tubs or Baskets: 4-5 ppp, 11-13 weeks