• Spotlight™ Red Heart
    (Flowering Only License)

  • Spotlight™ Black Heart
    ‘Balspotbart’ PP30,637
    (Flowering Only License)

  • Spotlight™ Lime Heart
    ‘Balspotimart’ PP30,794
    (Flowering Only License)

  • Spotlight™ Black
    ‘Balspotack’ PP28,555
    (Flowering Only License)

  • Spotlight™ Lime
    ‘Balspotime’ PP28,588
    (Flowering Only License)

  • Spotlight™ Red
    ‘Balspotred’ PP28,587
    (Flowering Only License)

Spotlight™ Ipomoea
  • The first compact ipomoea series offers popular heart and cut-shaped leaf varieties!
  • Spotlight’s compact, naturally branched habit is ideal for packs and small pots. Great for mixes, too.
  • The series features bold, eye-catching colors and holds its color in extreme heat.
  • It is a great compact solution for southern regions.
  • General Information
    • Height: 8-10" (20-25cm)
      Spread: 16-20" (41-51cm)
      Exposure: Partial Sun, Sun
  • Propagation Guide
    • Tray Sizes (cells/tray): 50, 72, 84, 105
      Rooting Hormone: No
      Average Days with Mist: 3-4
      Pinch: Optional
      Average Propagation Time (weeks): 3-4

      Average propagation time for perennials includes 3-5 weeks to bulk-up the liner before beginning cold treatment when started in late Summer or early Autumn.

      Comments: Move rooted cuttings off mist quickly to avoid stretch. Ipomoea URC do not like to be stored, so stick immediately. Cooling cuttings can actually do damage, so it is recommended that if you do store cuttings, do not put them in a cooler and maintain temperatures at 55-60°F (13-16°C).
  • Finishing
    • Soil pH: 5.8-6.2
      Light Levels (fc): 6,000-10,000
      Temperature Day: 70-75°F (21-24°C)
      Temperature Night: 65-70°F (18-21°C)
      Fertilization (ppm N): 175-225
      No. of Pinches: 0-1
      Plant Growth Regulators (S) = spray / (D) = drench: Generally not required. B-Nine(S) 2,500-3,500 ppm can be effective at controlling growth.
      Pests: Aphids, whitefly, spider mites
      Diseases: Pseudomonas
      Comments: Avoid cold and wet conditions.
  • Crop Time (weeks)
    • 4- to 5-inch (10- to 13-cm) Pots, Quarts : 1 ppp, 4-5 weeks
      6-inch (15-cm) Pots, Gallons: 1-3 ppp, 5-6 weeks
      10- to 12-inch (25- to 30-cm) Tubs or Baskets: 3-5 ppp, 8-10 weeks
  • Download Culture
  • Videos
    • Trial Peeks - Spotlight and SolarPower Ipomoea
      Spotlight and SolarPower Ipomoea
  • Additional Information
James Doukas
James Doukas
Territory Manager Great Lakes and Northeast Regions

Our breeding in ipomoea was targeted at a naturally compact plant that would not need a pinch. Spotlight was the result, and it represents the only ipomoea on the market for no-pinch production. We see a direct application for Spotlight in southern markets for small pots and containers where other ipomoea become too vigorous.

No pinch/No PGR


Both Spotlight colors were produced at our West Chicago, IL, location with no pinch or PGR applications. Our average daily temperature (ADT) was 70°F (21°C) at the beginning of the grow-out and lowered to 66°F (19°C) after plants were established to help tone finished habits.

South Region

Spotlight has the potential to make an exceptional quart, gallon and even 6-pack. Our trials showed that no pinch and no PGR were the best methods to produce a high-quality finished ipomoea. While our ADT was higher at 74°F (23°C), we had twice the amount of light, so our plants still stayed tight and wellbranched.