Christmas Feelings Merlot

Breeder:
Selecta/Ball
Summary:
This cultivar joins a growing list of reds with very dark bracts, the color of Prestige Maroon. As with the other cultivars, the color is rich and lustrous in the greenhouse but tends to be too dark and disappear indoors under fluorescent lights. Plants are moderately vigorous with large bracts that hang down and dark green leaves. Plants flower mid to late season, three days later than Christmas Feelings Red at NCSU. Plant habit and appearance matches Feelings Red and the other colors in the series. This cultivar was tested at Florida, NCSU, and Homewood.
Color Vigor Timing
Novelty Red Medium Mid Season
Trial Year Bract Color Cultivar
Anthesis
Height
(inches)
Diameter
(inches)
2017 Sept. 24, 2017 Nov. 25, 2017 16.5 11.5
2016 Oct. 5, 2016 Nov. 18, 2016 15.5 13.5
2012 Sept. 30, 2012 Nov. 28, 2012 13.5 12.5
2010 Oct. 1, 2010 Nov. 27, 2010 15.5 14.0
2009 Sept. 30, 2009 Nov. 28, 2009 16.0 13.0
2008 Sept. 25, 2008 Nov. 24, 2008 15.0 11.5

Christmas Feelings Merlot
North Carolina State University
2017

Christmas Feelings Merlot
North Carolina State University
2016

Christmas Feelings Merlot
North Carolina State University
2012

Christmas Feelings Merlot
North Carolina State University
2010

Christmas Feelings Merlot
North Carolina State University
2009

Christmas Feelings Merlot
North Carolina State University
2008

Trial Year Bract Color Cultivar
Anthesis
Height
(inches)
Diameter
(inches)
2017 Oct. 29, 2017 Dec. 2, 2017 16.5 17.0
2016 Oct. 25, 2016 Nov. 27, 2016 13.0 13.5

Christmas Feelings Merlot
University of Florida
2017

Christmas Feelings Merlot
University of Florida
2016

Trial Year Bract Color Cultivar
Anthesis
Height
(inches)
Diameter
(inches)
2008 not reported not reported not reported not reported

Christmas Feelings Merlot
Purdue University
2008