Protection against ethylene
- Protect poinsettias against ethylene—they are sensitive!
- Ethylene Buster (EB) is eco friendly, easy and flexible.
- Available in two delivery methods: truck kits for large areas and trailers and sachets for boxes.
- Size of area determines how many pills or sachets are needed for protection
- L x W x H = volume of area to treat
- Truck kits: Determine amount of pills for space treated. 1 pill treats 375ft3.
- Drop EB pills into activator pot. Replace lid. Water activates the release of the gas
- Moisten sachets in water before dropping into shipping boxes.
- Close holes to trap gas inside
- Allow 4 hours minimum for treatment.
Avoid ethylene exposure.
– Never expose or store poinsettias in same area as Douglas fir or Redwood. Both types of foliage produce LOTS of ethylene.
– Make sure no cigarette smoke drifts in from the back dock smokers’ corner
- These plants like bright (indirect) light.
- These Mexican natives love indoor temperatures between 65F—75F
Out of Sleeves, fast!
- Remove sleeves as soon as the shipment arrives. Handle with care as bracts snap easily.
- Delivering in cold climates? Paper sleeves will not protect against chill damage.
- Get out the frost pack and blanket poinsettias for successful deliveries.
- Overwatering and/or letting plants sit in water kills most plants—poinsettias included
- Every 8-10 days is sufficient.
- Allow water to drain completely through the pot to avoid accumulation of salts in the soil profile. Salt accumulation causes burning on leaf margins.
- Take care to keep the leaves and red bracts dry.
- Remove pot cover, slowly soak soil surface (tepid water) until water flows out the bottom. Then repeat the same action so air pockets in soil are completely filled with water.
- Never leave the pot submerged. Roots drown without oxygen.
- Don’t worry about fertilizing; growers prep plants with enough food to sustain them through their month-long beauty pageant