Temperature: 68° to 73°F (20° to 23°C) soil temperatures. Weeks to root will be 5 to 6 weeks in 102 tray, 6 to 7 weeks in a 72 tray. Gaillardia Lunar® may take the additional time to root sufficiently to be transplanted with all other varieties. We suggest spraying cuttings with surfactant after sticking to remove surface tension and reestablish leaf turgidity.
Feeding of plants can start at week 4 at 50 to 100 ppm Nitrogen. Liners can be fed at 100 to 150 ppm once well rooted.
No pinching is required on Leucanthemum but we do suggest pinching all other varieties at transplant or one week after transplant. Plants that are held in liners will continue to develop buds in meristem and will finish faster in finished containers.
Crop Planning from cell pack:
Pot Size Plants per pot (pp) Finish Time (weeks)
8” pot (20 cm) 4 9 to 10 (spring)
7 to 8 (summer)
10” pot (25 cm) 4 9 to 10 (spring)
8 to 9 (summer)
Day – 68° to 72°F (20° to 22°C)
Night – 60° to 65°F (15° to 18°C)
Cooler nights, once established, enhance finished quality. First Light Green Fuse™ Perennials do not require vernalization and are first year flowering with continuous flower all spring and summer in containers. The plants can then be removed from containers and transplanted in the garden for further enjoyment.
Media and pH requirements: Use a well-drained soil mix with a pH range of 6.0 to 6.5. Water well and allow soil to dry between irrigation. Avoid over watering, especially during cool and cloudy weather. EC 0.08 to 1.0 in peat mix.
Fertilizer requirements: 150 to 200 ppm N using a balanced fertilizer with minor elements.
Growth Regulators: The containers may require late season PGR drench if grown under warm temperatures. The best control of height is growing plants in cool temperatures.
Disease and insect pests:
Mites, Thrip and Aphid
Avid foliar applications to control Mite and Thrip will burn foliage of Leucanthemum turning the plants to black, looking like cold damage. It is best to use WP pesticides on Leucanthemum.
Pythium, Phytophthora -Roots of Leucanthemum are very sensitive to excessive drying, too wet or high salinity soils. Keep moisture at consistent level and do not over feed.