Santa Cruz® Sunset
Item no. C4211, C4211P
- Excellent seed quality
- Competitve, cost-efficient alternative to cutting raised varieties
- Compact, upright habit during production, fast bench runner
- Drought and rain tolerant, thrives in full sun and shade
- Abundance of fiery bright red-orange, bell-shaped flowers
- Available as pellets only
12″ / 30 cm
Sun - Shade
Annual – Ideal for hanging baskets,
containers and garden landscape
- Exposure: Sun - Shade
- Garden height: 12″ / 30 cm
- Crop time: 14-16 weeks
- Sowing method: 1 seed per pellet. 288 tray recommended
Stage I: 7-14 days at 70-73 °F (21-23 °C) and relative humidity of 95 %. Maintain high
moisture. Light germinator, do not cover pellets. Additional light (50 W/m2) accelerates
germination and improves quality of the seedlings
Stage II: 7-14 days at 68-70 °F (20-21 °C). Continue long day lighting (14 h) and avoid
saturated or dry media, lower humidity levels. Water temperature should be 64 °F (18 °C)
Stage III-IV: 28-42 days at 64-68 °F (18-20 °C)
Grow at 60-64 °F (16-18 °C). 10 days before selling temperature can be
decreased to 60 °F (16 °C). Temperatures below 57 °F (14 °C) will result in tuber formation
and crop delay.
Moderate fertilization levels are required. Fertilize weekly with 150-200 ppm
nitrogen, using a complete and potassium balanced fertilizer (N:K2O-ratio: 1:1,5). Keep low
ammonium levels, otherwise the roots become damaged. At high nitrogen levels the foliage
can become very big. Avoid pH above 6.5, as high pH causes iron deficiency. Apply chelated
iron, if chlorosis becomes a problem. To prevent magnesium deficiency apply magnesium sulphate
(0,025 %) 1-2 times. Additional foliage fertilization with potassium supports compact plant
growth and provides a dark green foliage color. Avoid high soluble salts in the soil.
* Germination Stages (from seed to finished young plant)
Stage I Starts with the radicle breaking through the testa. The roots are touching the medium.
Ends with fully developed cotyledons.
Stage II Starts from fully developed cotyledons. Ends with the fully developed true leaf or true leaf pair.
Stage III Starts from the fully developed true leaf or true leaf pair and ends with 80% of the young plants being marketable.
Stage IV All young plants are ready for sale and in the process of being hardened off. This stage lasts about 7 days.
The cultural recommendations are based on results from trials conducted under Central European conditions. Different conditions in other parts of the world may lead to deviations in results achieved.