Christmas Wish

Breeder:
Selecta/Ball
Summary:
These plants had attractive bright red bracts and large cyathia with nice complementary bright red, yellow and green coloration that is a main feature of recent introductions from Ball/Selecta. The interesting feature of Christmas Wish is that the individual blooms standout with bright red against the dark green leaves. In Europe, this is referred to as a star form, which is not commonly done for North American markets. However, surveys have indicated there are many U.S consumers who like the attractive mix of red and green. Plants are medium (Ontario) to high (FL) vigor with very good branching. The plants have the strong stems and moderately wide habit of Christmas Beauty. In Ontario, Christmas Wish finished Nov. 24 and Nov. 30 at 62o and 66o, respectively. Also in Ontario, Christmas Wish was similar in appearance to Christmas Day but slightly bigger and finished about one week earlier. No bract edge burn or cyathia drop occurred on plants held in the greenhouse in FL. For growers who like the habit of Christmas Day or Christmas Beauty, Christmas Wish appears to have considerable potential for use in larger formats.
Color Vigor Timing
Red Medium Mid Season
Trial Year Bract Color Cultivar
Anthesis
Height
(inches)
Diameter
(inches)
2017 Oct. 7, 2017 Nov. 12, 2017 16.0 12.0
2016 Oct. 10, 2016 Nov. 16, 2016 15.0 13.0
2015 Oct. 8, 2015 Nov. 14, 2015 16.0 11.0
2014 Oct. 17, 2014 Nov. 14, 2014 16.0 12.0

Christmas Wish
North Carolina State University
2017

Christmas Wish
North Carolina State University
2016

Christmas Wish
North Carolina State University
2015

Christmas Wish
North Carolina State University
2014

Trial Year Bract Color Cultivar
Anthesis
Height
(inches)
Diameter
(inches)
2017 Oct. 31, 2017 Nov. 30, 2017 19.5 19.5
2016 Oct. 27, 2016 Nov. 25, 2016 13.0 12.0

Christmas Wish
University of Florida
2017

Christmas Wish
University of Florida
2016