Banana Punch and Pink Spirit are two of four new additions to the Nesia series for 2011. They feature large-sized flowers and shiny green foliage. Ideal for pots and mixed containers, the series boasts striking colors and a compact mounded growth habit.
Pinch plants once, in trays, about 10 days before liner planting or 10 days after planting and establishing.
Nesia varieties require full sunlight to partial shade (minimum 5,000 foot-candles). Maintain temperature at 60-75° F days and 50-57° F nights.
Use a well-drained, disease-free potting mix with a pH of 5.5-6.0 and an EC of 0.6-0.9. Constant feed with a balanced fertilizer (200-ppm nitrogen) that contains average levels of micronutrients with a slightly increased level of iron.
Irrigate moderately; allow soil to dry slightly between irrigations. Plant growth regulators are optional but not necessary under high light intensities.
Watch for white flies, aphids and thrips. Nemesia is sensitive to Botrytis, Pythium and Rhizoctonia.