University of Florida

2004 Freedom Red

Growth Regulators Applied / Height graph

Graph shows projected plant heights during production of the crop. Dots are plotted actual height each week. Arrows indicate when PGRs are applied with details in the weekly notes. We use the “late” graphical tracking curve and heights are from bench to height of growing tip. Heights are plotted from date of pinching to projected date of finish.

Growth regulator height graph


Freedom Red November 23rd11/23

Our strategy for this Freedom crop worked well and the crop looks nice. While pollen was showing last week notice that there has been some additional elongation this week, which would have been even greater if the late drench had not been applied. Freedom looks better when it not allowed to stretch at the end and the late drench is a good tool for this variety.

Freedom Red November 16th11/16

This Freedom crop responded nicely to the late drench applied about 10 days ago. Pollen is showing on the first cyathia of all the plants now. While this crop is saleable in many markets, the plants will look much nicer in 5-7 days after more expansion of the 2nd and 3rd level bracts. Allowing these bracts to expand before shipping also keeps them from fading quickly due to not developing good color in low indoor lighting.

Freedom Red  November 9th11/09

This Freedom crop was at 14 inches at the end of last week, and we drenched them with Bonzi at 1 ppm. They should finish fine now.

Freedom Red  November 2nd11/02

We would like for the Freedom to grow about 1 inch this next week. But if they are on a pace for 2 inches we will need to drench when they reach 14 inches. We will look at this crop again at the end of this week.

Freedom Red  October 26th10/26

Visible bud is showing on about half of this Freedom crop. We want to drench when they reach 14 inches, which will likely be the end of next week.

Freedom Red  October 19th10/19

Elongation was about 1.5 inches this week and the plants look like they will continue that pace for another week. They should be at 13-14 inches on Nov 2 and we will probably drench then. First color is showing now which is on schedule and indicates the crop will finish between Nov. 16 and 23.

Freedom Red  October 12th10/12

As with most of the other crops, growth increased this week and this Freedom crop is in good shape now. We want elongation at less than 1.5 inches per week over the next 3 weeks and anticipate doing a late drench about Nov 2. With the much cooler temperatures coming this week, we are not spraying now. First color should be next week.

Freedom Red  October 5th10/05

This crop looks to be in good shape at this time. The improved weather along with the sprays slowed elongation this past week. We anticipate the height will turn up more and they will be near the bottom of the curve next week.

Freedom Red  September 28th9/28

This Freedom crop looks good. As we enter the linear portion of the growth curve we would like to keep this crop growing at a uniform pace out to about the first week of Nov., when we could apply a late drench. This week we again applied B-Nine/Cycocel at 1,000ppm each.

Freedom Red  September 21st9/21

This crop has elongated nicely. We want to slow growth a little this week, so they were sprayed with B-Nine/Cycocel at 1,000ppm each.

Freedom Red  September 14th9/14

We will make our first spray on this Freedom Red crop at week 2 or 3.

Freedom Red September 7th9/07

Freedom Red is a standard variety. It starts slow and then stretches rapidly at the end. Our strategy will be to use a little PGR early and finish with a late drench. Notice that we started the crop targeted for 14-16" earlier this year than last year.