May 11, 2021  Week: 19

Silky Deep Red Asclepias

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Scientific Name: Asclepias curassavica

Propagation Method: Seed

Form Supplied As: Raw

Cultivation Type: Greenhouse, High Tunnel, Field

Planting Density: 22 to 32 plants/sq. meter (2 to 3 plants/sq. foot).

Usage: Filler

Flower Color (primary): Red

Flower Color (secondary): Yellow

Foliage Color: Dark Green

High-quality series is bred for greenhouse and outdoor field production.

Stem Length: 61 - 71cm (24 - 28")

Harvest Recommendation: Harvest early in the day when 50-65% of flowers are open. Do not sear the stems in hot water as you would do with other Asclepias.

Post-Harvest Recommendation: After harvest, change solutions 2-3 times to eliminate any latex exudate. Holding solution is optional. Avoid ethylene exposure; an ethylene-inhibiting treatment is recommended. Store at 4-7°C (40-45°F). Transport in solution if possible.

Vase Life Recommendation: Consumer floral preservative recommended to keep water clear. Vase life 8-10 days.

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