Seed Variety

Armeria Ballerina

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Data is gathered from our Elburn, Ill., trials (Zone 5a) for a North American audience. Warm-climate growers: expect 1-2 weeks earlier finishing. Cool-climate growers: expect 1 week slower. Dates based on standard 288 plug size.

Notes/Pitfall Management
Ballerina does not require overwintering for flowering but plants will have better bulk if fall planted. The use of Configure in fall planting can increase spring flower count.
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Early Spring
(1 ppp)
(3 ppp)
Armeria Ballerina Lilac
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Seed Form: RAW
PlugSize: 288
Seeds/Cell: 2-4
Plug Crop Weeks: 6-8
Days from 50% to maximum germination: 3-6
Cover Seed: No
Plug Production
Stage 1
Moisture: Level 4
Temperature: 60-65°F
Light: Optional
Stage 2
Moisture: Level 3-4
Temperature: 60-65°F
Light: 2,500 fc
(26,900 Lux)
Stage 3
Moisture: Level 2-3
Temperature: 60-65°F
Light: 2,500 fc
(26,900 Lux)
Stage 4
Moisture: Level 2
Temperature: 55-60°F
Light: 5,000 fc
(53,800 Lux)
Vernalization: No
Propagation Key Tips: For Mother's Day forcing: See Perennials Forcing Guide
Growing on to Finish
Growing on Temperature: (day) 60-65°F (16-18°C)
(night) 50-58°F (10-14°C)
Target Media pH/EC (1:2): 5.6-6.2 pH
1.2-1.4 mmhos/cm
Fertilizer: 175 to 225 ppm N
(1.2 to 1.5 EC)
Daylength: Day Neutral
Fertilizer Notation: Ballerina generally needs low to medium fertilization. Apply fertilizer at rate 1 to 2 (70 to 175 ppm N; 0.5 to 1.2 mmhos/cm). After overwintering, apply an extra fertilizer application (150 to 175 ppm N), when plants start to grow in early Spring.
Finishing Key Tips: Prevent Mg and Fe deficiency. Avoid planting plugs too deep (crown below soil surface) and growing wet in plug and finished stages.