January 24, 2012 - 14:41

New to the Million Bells collection, Bouquet Cream and Bouquet Pink are very floriferous plants with an upright, compact habit and exceptional density. These varieties are self cleaning and require no pinching, making them incredibly easy to grow. Million Bells bloom all season long and have strong center branching. They are versatile in baskets, containers and the landscape. They reach a height of 8 to 12 inches and spread up to 12 inches.

Rooted cutting should be potted up into 4- to 10-inch pots, using open, free-draining growing media with a pH of 5.2 to 6.0.

Maintain temperature at 65 to 70° F for the first couple of weeks. This will enhance root development. Do not overwater. After two weeks, the crop is best grown at 60 to 65° F.

Watering is a key issue with this crop. High levels of water will encourage root death, so a little-and-often regime is encouraged when plants are young to provide as much air to the crop as possible.

Watch for thrips, mites, white fly, snails and slugs. Common diseases include Botrytis, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, Pythim and Thielaviopsis.

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