Grower Tips

Ageratum Artist(TM)

Ageratum Artist(TM) is taller (10-12″) than most seedageratum. The two Artist “Blue” and “Purple” are also moreuniform and flower more consistently than their seed counterparts. They areexcellent in containers of all kinds and landscapes alike. They are anexcellent choice to fill in the mid ground of combination planters. Two colorsare available.

* ThepH should be kept between 5.8 and 6.2.

* ECshould be kept between .6 and .9, using the 2:1 method.

* Artistis responsive to Sumagic and B-9.

* Growthcan also be controlled with cool temperatures, low 50s to low 60s.

* Pinchingis not recommended, although growers should use their own discretion based onplug size and finished container size.

* 200ppm constant liquid feed of a well-balanced fertilizer is recommended.

Angelonia Angelface(TM)

Large flowers, excellent garden performance and extreme heattolerance make Angelface an excellent plant choice. The foliage of thesevarieties is scented like concord grapes. Angelface needs a warm root zone toperform at its best so it is best as a late spring to early summer crop formuch of the country. Three colors (“Blue”, “White” and”Blue Bi-color”) are available.

* ThepH should be kept between 5.8 and 6.2.

* ECshould be between .6 and .9, using the 2:1 method.

* Angelfaceis responsive to growth regulators including Sumagic, B-9 and Cycocel.

* Sumagicshould be used with extreme caution since plants are very responsive to thischemical. Blue is the most responsive followed by Blue Bicolor. White is theleast responsive of the three colors. A light spray in the 3 ppm range shouldbe effective but adjust for your particular conditions.

Use of growth regulators other than Sumagic can cause flowerdelay so they should be used sparingly. Once weather is warmer and days arelonger these growth regulators can be used more easily as Angelface will beflowering in much shorter amounts of time.

* Plantswill flower in much shorter time under longer days.

* Stemstrength will increase under longer days and/or higher light.

* Useof Florel may delay flowering.

Lobelia Laguna(TM)

Laguna “Compact Blue with Eye” is a veryfree-flowering plant with excellent garden performance. It is great in mixedcontainers but will also do well as a stand alone variety. It is tolerant toboth heat and cold.

* ThepH should be kept between 5.8 and 6.2.

* ECis best kept between .7 and 1.0, using the 2:1 method.

* Coolertemperatures can be used to hold the plants (55-60 F is good)

* CompactBlue with Eye is Day Neutral, so it will bloom under the short days of earlyspring

* Pinchingshould not be necessary due to the plants natural compact habit and goodbranching but may be used at transplant at the grower”s discretion.

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