Premium Early Red
Summary:True to its name, these plants showed first color the earliest of any cultivars at NCSU and UF, a full 10 to 15 days before Premium Red. It also flowered 7 to 14 days before Premium Red, depending on the location. Premium Early has the dark leaves, flat bracts and strong upright growth that characterize the Premium series. The medium red bracts were more upright and smaller at NCSU than Premium Red. The performance of Premium Early varied at the different trial sites and did best in the UF trial. Due to the normal low vigor of the Premium family and the early flowering of Premium Early it will be even more important to add additional vegetative time to the schedule for this cultivar. Premium Early will work best for small size pots but should do well in 6 ½-inch pots with extra weeks of growth, especially in cooler climates.
|Trial Year||Bract Color||Cultivar
|2017||Sept. 21, 2017||Oct. 26, 2017||12.5||14.0|
|2016||Oct. 4, 2016||Nov. 7, 2016||13.5||12.5|
|2009||Sept. 28, 2009||Nov. 5, 2009||12.0||9.5|