Medal Of Excellence Nominee: Ptilotus ‘Joey’

Medal Of Excellence Nominee: Ptilotus 'Joey'

When growers and consumers alike see the new ptilotus ‘Joey’ the first question asked is, “What is that?” The next question is, “How do you pronounce it?” Benary says, “Just call it Joey!”

The new Ptilotus ‘Joey’ is truly a breeding breakthrough. A native to central Australia, ptilotus offers exceptional beauty, and the side benefit of heat and drought tolerance. Large, conical spikes of feathery flowers top thick silver green foliage. The 3- to 4-inch bottlebrush flower spikes are glistening silver with a darker neon pink color near the tips.

‘Joey’ offers growers exceptional germination rates and a high percentage of transplantable plugs. Short crop times (approximately 14 to 16 weeks) allow for quick returns on this truly unique crop.

Excellent as an accent in mixed containers or as a compliment in annual flower beds, ‘Joey’ is a natural in any sunny garden location. ‘Joey’ is truly an exceptional plant to offer to customers who are constantly in search of what’s new. Pair ‘Joey’ with eucalyptus ‘Silverdrop,’ pentas ‘Northern Lights Lavender,’ and salvia ‘Evolution’ for a show stopping combination. Perfect for those looking for exceptional heat and drought tolerance.

Culture Notes

Life Cycle: Annual

Garden Height: 12 to 15 inches

Uses: Pot plant, mixed combination, landscape plantings

Natural flower time: Continuous

Flowering response: Long Day

Germination: Sow one seed per cell in a well-drained media with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Germinates in 5 to 7 days at 76°F to 80°F. Do not saturate and maintain moderate soil moisture levels.

Plug Culture: During Stage II, maintain 76°F to 80°F temperatures and moderate soil moisture levels. Gradually lower temperatures to 70°F to 76°F during Stage III and lower soil moisture levels. Begin feeding at 50 to 75 ppm nitrogen with a low phosphorus formula. Stage IV temperatures can be reduced to 65°F. Continue fertilization at 75 to 100 ppm. Allow plugs to adequately dry out between watering. Transplant plugs as scheduled and do not let plugs get root bound.

Growing On: Transplant plugs six to eight weeks after sowing into a well-drained medium. Do not overwater and feed at 100 to 150 ppm N, avoiding excess phosphorus and calcium levels. Grow on at 65°F to 70°F. Provide long day conditions for flower induction. Higher light levels promote shorter, better-branched plants with larger flowers.

Crop time: 12 to 16 weeks from sowing to finish.

Hints: Excess moisture at the plug stage will cause uneven germination. Do not allow plugs or plants to become root-bound, as plants will not root out. High light levels or assimilation lighting at all stages of production improve plant quality.

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15 comments on “Medal Of Excellence Nominee: Ptilotus ‘Joey’

  1. My sister, who lives in Los Angeles has just sent me a pressed bloom of Joey. At present it is extremely cold in LA, she has her Joey in a pot on a small balcony. Will it grow from a cutting?

  2. Hi
    I live in Rural Saskatchewan Canada. We are Zone 3 but I think |I could grow this Ptilotus Joey in a container. Where can I aquire some seed?
    Thanks
    Gardening on the prairies
    Debbie

  3. I’ve just received 3 Joey plugs as a free gift from the provider of my greenhouse, and I’ve potted them on and left them in the greenhouse. I live in Kent and haven’t a clue what zone I’m in here, but as it’s England we get lots and lots of rain :o) So will these plants survive outside here?

  4. Thanks for such comprehensive notes. As a beginner gardner I hadn’t got a clue what these flowers were when I received them in the post from a provider as a freebie. Now I’m feeling very smug and am off to plant them in the right place with the faint hope that they live! Nice one!

  5. My sister, who lives in Los Angeles has just sent me a pressed bloom of Joey. At present it is extremely cold in LA, she has her Joey in a pot on a small balcony. Will it grow from a cutting?

  6. Hi
    I live in Rural Saskatchewan Canada. We are Zone 3 but I think |I could grow this Ptilotus Joey in a container. Where can I aquire some seed?
    Thanks
    Gardening on the prairies
    Debbie

  7. I’ve just received 3 Joey plugs as a free gift from the provider of my greenhouse, and I’ve potted them on and left them in the greenhouse. I live in Kent and haven’t a clue what zone I’m in here, but as it’s England we get lots and lots of rain :o) So will these plants survive outside here?

  8. Thanks for such comprehensive notes. As a beginner gardner I hadn’t got a clue what these flowers were when I received them in the post from a provider as a freebie. Now I’m feeling very smug and am off to plant them in the right place with the faint hope that they live! Nice one!

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