2001 Poinsettia Trials: Regionally Recommended Cultivars

February 18, 2002 - 14:36

The following poinsettia cultivars are recommended for
growers to consider. The recommendations are based on university trials and
observations of commercial crops. Primarily, this list includes cultivars that
the authors have grown at least two years. The cultivars listed as “worth
watching” are the new ones that performed well in the Fall 2001 trials.

The best cultivar for an individual grower varies with
location, production practices and markets. There are other poinsettia
cultivars not listed that can be grown successfully when the grower is very
familiar with the cultivar and can provide the required culture for that
cultivar.

Large growers are those who are supplying mass-market retailers. Specialty growers are those who are supplying other retail markets and want to produce a differentiated product. It is also important to remember that growing the plants in different forms and containers can also differentiate many of the cultivars listed for large growers.

 

Category/

Preference          South
  North 

                  Large
growers                  Specialty
growers          Large
growers                  Specialty
growers 

Early Dark-Leaf Red

Good bet  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Freedom
Red                   Freedom
Red                   Festival
Red     Festival Red

                  Orion
Red          Galaxy Red style="mso-spacerun: yes">      Freedom
Red                    Freedom
Red

                                    Orion
Red          Orion Red style="mso-spacerun: yes">          Orion
Red

                                                      Pepride
Red     Pepride Red

Okay  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Festival Red   Festival
Red     Galaxy Red  style='mso-tab-count:1'>    Galaxy Red

                  Pepride
Red     Pepride Red 
   Red Angel style="mso-spacerun: yes">         Red
Angel

                  Royal
Red         Royal Red style="mso-spacerun: yes">         Royal
Red         Royal Red

                  Red
Elf                Red
Elf                Early
Joy Red                   Early
Joy Red

                  Early
Joy Red   style='mso-tab-count:1'>               Early
Joy Red 

Worth watching              Eternity
Red    Eternity Red  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Eternity Red    Christmas Dream

                  Christmas
Dream           Christmas Dream style="mso-spacerun: yes">                             Ecke
1-99

                  Gala
Red            Gala Red style="mso-spacerun: yes">                              Eternity
Red

                  Ecke
1-99          Ecke 1-99 style="mso-spacerun: yes">                            Premium
Red 

                  Premium
Red 

 

Midseason Dark-Leaf Red     

Good bet  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Delayed
early cultivars   style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Delayed
early cultivars  style='mso-tab-count:1'>              Delayed
early cultivars   style='mso-tab-count:1'>           Delayed
early cultivars

                  Prestige style="mso-spacerun: yes">                Red
Velvet   style='mso-tab-count:1'>    Prestige style="mso-spacerun: yes">                Prestige style="mso-spacerun: yes">  

Okay   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                  Bright
Red Freedom  style='mso-tab-count:1'> Cortez Fire        Bright
Red Sails              Bright
Red Sails

                  Cortez
Red       Cortez Red       Cortez
Fire       Cortez Fire

                  Cortez
Fire       Max Red            Cortez
Red       Cortez Red

                  Malibu
Red       Prestige               Malibu
Red       Red Velvet

                  Red
Velvet        Sonora Dark Red style="mso-spacerun: yes">           Red
Velvet

                                    Sonora
Fire       Sonora Red

                                    Sonora
Red

Worth watching  style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Red
Angel         Red Angel

                  Christmas
Season    style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Christmas Season

 

Midseason Green-Leaf Red     

GOOD BET  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  None    Nutcracker
Red               None style="mso-spacerun: yes">    Nutcracker
Red Á

Category/

Preference          South
  North 

                  Large
growers                  Specialty
growers          Large
growers                  Specialty
growers 

Good bet  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Peterstar Red style="mso-spacerun: yes">  None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Peterstar Red

                                    Christmas
Cookie   style='mso-tab-count:2'>                        Petoy
Red

Okay   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                  Candle
Light   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                  Red
Satin           Nutcracker Red style="mso-spacerun: yes">               Red
Satin

                  Christmas
Cookie   style='mso-tab-count:1'>      Candle Light style="mso-spacerun: yes">    Peterstar
Red  Christmas Bells

                  Nutcracker
Red

                  Peterstar
Red

Worth watching              None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None

 

Late Season Red     

Good bet  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Delayed
early cultivars  style='mso-tab-count:1'>              Delayed
early cultivars  style='mso-tab-count:1'>              Delayed
early cultivars   style='mso-tab-count:1'>           Delayed
early cultivars

                  Success
Red   Success Red   style='mso-tab-count:1'> Success Red    Success Red style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

Okay  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Victory Red     Victory
Red     Victory Red 
   Victory Red style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

Worth watching  style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Red
Diamond                   Red
Diamond    style='mso-tab-count:1'>              None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None

 

Rose     

Good bet  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Freedom
Rose                  Freedom
Rose                  Freedom
Rose                    Freedom
Rose 

Okay  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Cortez Hot Pink              Cortez
Hot Pink              Cortez
Hot Pink              Cortez
Hot Pink

                  Sonora
Hot Pink   style='mso-tab-count:1'>         Sonora
Hot Pink   style='mso-tab-count:1'>         Sonora
Hot Pink   style='mso-tab-count:1'>         Sonora
Hot Pink 

Worth watching  
          None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Festival Rose style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Festival Rose 

 

White     

Good bet  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Freedom
White               Peterstar
White   style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Snowcap style="mso-spacerun: yes">            Snowcap

                                    Snowcap style="mso-spacerun: yes">            White
Christmas             White
Christmas

                                    Whitestar style="mso-spacerun: yes">           Whitestar style="mso-spacerun: yes">           Whitestar

                                    White
Christmas

Okay  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Sonora White                    Nutcracker
White   style='mso-tab-count:1'>      None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Nutcracker White

                  Pepride
White                   Pepride
White                                     Peterstar
White

                  Peterstar
White                Sonora
White   style='mso-tab-count:2'>                                  Santa
Claus White

                  Whitestar style="mso-spacerun: yes">            Santa
Claus White

                  White
Christmas 

Worth watching  style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Malibu
White

                  Elegance
White                None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None style='mso-tab-count:1'>   None

 

Pink     

Good bet  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Freedom
Pink    style='mso-tab-count:1'>              Maren style="mso-spacerun: yes">                  Maren style="mso-spacerun: yes">                  Maren

                  Pepride
Pink   Nutcracker Pink  style='mso-tab-count:1'>            style="mso-spacerun: yes">                 Nutcracker
Pink  Á

Category/

Preference          South
  North 

                  Large
growers                  Specialty
growers          Large
growers                  Specialty
growers 

Good bet                                Success
Light Pink   style='mso-tab-count:2'>                     Nutcracker
Salmonstar

                                                                        Peterstar
Pink

                                                                        Success
Light Pink

Okay  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Maren                   Flirt style="mso-spacerun: yes">       Sonora
Pink     Pepride Pink

                  Nutcracker
Pink              Pepride
Pink    Pepride Pink  
Santa Claus Pink

                  Sonora
Pink     Peterstar Pink 
                 Early
Joy Pink                  Early
Joy Pink

                  Early
Joy Pink   style='mso-tab-count:1'>              Santa
Claus Pink

                                    Early
Joy Pink 

Worth watching  style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Freedom
Bright Pink  style='mso-tab-count:1'> Freedom Bright Pink                    Winterfest
Pink      Winterfest Pink

                  Malibu
Pink

                  Elegance
Pink    

 

Marble     

Good bet  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Marblestar style="mso-spacerun: yes">        Marblestar style="mso-spacerun: yes">         Marblestar

                                    Santa
Claus Marble  style='mso-tab-count:1'>    Santa Claus Marble style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Santa Claus Marble style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 

Okay  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Freedom Marble            Pepride
Marble                Cortez
Marble                 Cortez
Marble

                  Marblestar style="mso-spacerun: yes">        Peterstar
Marble                               Peterstar
Marble

                  Pepride
Marble                Puebla

                  Sonora
Marble

                  Cortez
Marble

                  Santa
Claus Marble

Worth watching              None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None style='mso-tab-count:1'>     None

 

Jingle Bells     

Good bet   style='mso-tab-count:1'>         Jingle
Bells 4.0   style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Sonora
Jingle   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                 Freedom
Jingle Bells  style='mso-tab-count:1'>                  Freedom
Jingle Bells

                                                      Sonora
Jingle  Sonora Jingle

Okay    style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Freedom Jingle Bells style="mso-spacerun: yes">                  Peterstar
Jingle Bells   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                 Jingle
Bells 4.0                    Jingle
Bells 4.0

                  Sonora
Jingle  Jingle Bells 4.0

                  Cortez
Jingle

Worth watching  
          Sonora
White Glitter   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                 Sonora
White Glitter   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                 Sonora
White Glitter   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                  Sonora
White Glitter 

 

Novelty   

Good bet   style='mso-tab-count:1'>         Amazone
Peppermint   style='mso-tab-count:1'>               Amazone
Peppermint   style='mso-tab-count:1'>               Amazone
Peppermint       Cranberry Punch

                  Champagne style="mso-spacerun: yes">      Cranberry
Punch            Champagne style="mso-spacerun: yes">      Monet
Twilight

                  Cranberry
Punch   style='mso-tab-count:1'>        Monet
Twilight   style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Cranberry
Punch            Plum Pudding

                  Winter
Rose Pink          Plum Pudding style="mso-spacerun: yes">                   Winter
Rose Jingle Bells  style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Winter
Rose Jingle Bells

Category/

Preference          South
  North 

                  Large
growers                  Specialty
growers          Large
growers                  Specialty
growers 

Good bet              Winter
Rose Jingle Bells   style='mso-tab-count:1'>        Success
Coral   style='mso-tab-count:1'>               Winter
Rose Pink   style='mso-tab-count:1'>                  Winter
Rose Pink

                                    Winter
Rose Jingle Bells

Okay  style='mso-tab-count:1'>  Monet Twilight               Noblestar style="mso-spacerun: yes">            Monet
Twilight               Christmas
Candy

                  Plum
Pudding