Paul Ecke Ranch
This cultivar brings a different appearance to poinsettias. The bracts form a very flat top and uniformly round plant. The medium to small size bracts are a brighter, slightly orange red and radiate out from large centers. In Ontario, bracts did not lay as flat and centers had 4-6 cyathia. Branching was very good with a wide, but not weak, habit. Vigor was low to medium in Florida and Ontario, but it loved North Carolina and was vigorous. Finish time was Nov. 20 in FL and Nov. 25 at NCSU. In Ontario, Majestic Red finished Dec. 1 and Dec. 4 at 62° and 66°, respectively. Tests in FL indicate Majestic Red heat delays similar to Prestige Red. Bract Edge Burn and cyathia drop were not a problem as plants were held in the greenhouse. Majestic Red will be most useful in 6.5-inch and larger sizes to show off the unique habit.