Author Archives: Karl Trellinger

About Karl Trellinger

Karl Trellinger (karl.trellinger@syngenta.com) is a technical services specialist with Syngenta Flowers.

Lobelia Offers A Downy-Mildew-Resistant Option

Consider vegetative lobelia, such as the Techno and Techno Heat series from Syngenta Flowers, as a vivid and versatile alternative to Impatiens walleriana. The two series give consumers a long-lasting and low-maintenance color show in containers, combos and borders. Both Techno and Techno Heat deliver award-winning garden performance. For spring and summer sales, we recommend

Lantana Production Tips

Propagation Rooting time: Lantanas should be stuck immediately upon arrival and should not be stored. If cuttings need to be stored, only store them overnight and not below 48°F. Lantanas are slow to moderate rooters and generally need five weeks of rooting time. A 1,000 parts per million (ppm) IBA hormone dip to the bottom

Poinsettia Height Control Strategies

The use of a graphical tracking system is highly recommended for poinsettias. With similar day and night temperature setpoints, the need for chemical height control is minimal for many varieties. When day temperatures are more than 5°F higher than night temperatures, a Cycocel spray at 750 to 1,000 ppm one to four times after pinching

Protect Your Poinsettias From Key Diseases

Pythium. Apply Subdue Maxx at 1 ounce/100 gallons as a soil drench after planting. Rotate with Truban WP (6 to 8 ounces/100 gal.) or Segway (3 ounces/100 gallons) fungicides every four weeks for protection. Botrytis. Be sure to maintain good air movement and low humidity. To avoid botrytis, apply preventative fungicide sprays of Daconil ULTREX

Arm Your Poinsettias Against Key Insects

Whiteflies. To keep whitefly populations under control, drench the growing media with a neonicotinoid (MOA Group 4a) insecticide (e.g. Flagship), three to four weeks after planting (or after pinch). Before the neonicotinoid soil application, use products labeled for whitefly management, such as Avid, Endeavor, Scimitar GC, Talstar, Sanmite, Distance and Judo insecticides. If late-season control

Tips For Poinsettia Production

Potting: Immediately after planting, drench with a broad spectrum tank mix of Subdue Maxx at 1 oz/100 gal (or Truban WP at 8 oz/100 gal) + Medallion at 1 oz/100 gal (or Cleary’s 3336 WP). Also consider using broad-spectrum combination products such as Hurricane or Banrot. Media: pH: 5.6 to 6.0 (measured in a saturated

Calibrachoa Propagation Tips

Upon Arrival Calibrachoas can be stored in a cooler for up to 24 hours. Rooting Time Unrooted cuttings typically take about four and a half to five weeks to root in a 105-sized plug. Dipping the base of the cutting into 1,000 parts per million (ppm) IBA (indole-3-butyric acid) can be beneficial, especially during early

Calibrachoa Finished Production Tips

Grow Time (From Rooted Cutting) Calibrachoas in a quart container with one plant per pot take six to seven weeks; in a 1-gallon container with two plants per pot, 10 to 11 weeks; and in a 12-inch basket with four to five plants per pot, 11 to 12 weeks. Pinching 4.5-inch or quart containers require

Lantana Propagation Tips

Upon arrival Lantanas should be stuck immediately. Do not store cuttings at a temperature below 48°F. Rooting Time Unrooted cuttings typically take four and a half to five weeks to root in a 105-sized plug. Dipping the base of the stem into 1,000 parts per million (ppm) IBA (indole-3-butyric-acid) can be beneficial, especially during early

Lantana Finished Production Tips

Grow Time (From Rooted Cutting) Lantanas in a quart container with one plant per pot take seven to eight weeks, in a gallon container with two plants per pot and also in a 12-inch baskets with four to five plants per pot, 11 to 12 weeks of grow time. Pinching Only one pinch is needed