February 22, 2012 - 10:38

Bred to deliver larger flowers, shorter peduncles and beefier looking plants, New Day gazania is more compact and offers better holdability at retail. Landscapers and consumers will appreciate this drought-tolerant series for its excellent performance in containers and baskets, as well as a garden edging or groundcover.

Use a well-drained, disease-free soilless media with a pH of 5.8 to 6.2 and a medium initial nutrient charge. Maintain night temperature at 55 to 60° F and day temperature at 65 to 70° F. Keep light levels as high as possible while maintaining the optimal temperatures.

Starting a week after transplant, apply fertilizer at a rate of 175- to 225-ppm nitrogen using a predominantly nitrate-form fertilizer with low phosphorous. Maintain the media EC at 1.5 to 2.0.

If plant growth regulation is needed, use B-Nine/Alar (daminozide) at 3,500 ppm to tone the crop. One application at two to three weeks after transplant will be sufficient.

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