University of Florida

2004 54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)

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


54-99 (Shimmer Surprise) November 23rd11/23

This variety will be named Shimmer Surprise because of the high degree of variation in bract color that occurs. In terms of growth habit, the crop is very uniform and easy to grow. Our strategy using a longer crop time and then more growth regulators has produced a nice plant. The late drench controlled height and we got good bract expansion.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise) November 16th11/16

The drench applied about 10 days ago has reduced elongation and the height on this crop is fine. The plants only need 3-4 days to be at a good stage for shipping.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  November 9th11/09

At the end of last week, we made a drench application with Bonzi at 1 ppm and now we anticipate this crop finishing between 15 and 16 inches.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  November 2nd11/02

We need to be a little careful with this crop and make sure it does not put on 2 inches in the next week. We will look at it again at the end of the week.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  October 26th10/26

One of our objectives with this crop was to keep it from stretching during this period and they are elongating at a good pace now. We will watch them the next couple of weeks and see if a late drench is needed.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  October 19th10/19

Last weeks spray worked to slow this crop. We are spraying it again this week with Cycocel at 1,250 ppm, which may slow elongation enough that a drench is not needed. The first blush of color is now showing and the crop is on schedule to finish between Nov. 16 and 23.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  October 12th10/12

These plants have grown out of the spray put on 2 weeks ago. The height is below the curve, but elongation rate is too fast. We applied Cycocel at 1,250 to help slow them some.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  October 5th10/05

Last week's spray and the improved weather had a little more effect than we expected, but this crop is in good shape at this time.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  September 28th9/28

This crop has started more rapid elongation now. We are spraying B-Nine/Cycocel at 1,000 ppm each this week. This should keep it from stretching too much and hopefully hold it until the late drench is applied.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  September 21st9/21

These plants look fine, but we do not want to spray until they show more growth.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise)  September 14th9/14

We will continue watching to see how this crop grows.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise) September 7th9/07

Growth regulator applications are not needed this early on low vigor varieties.

54-99 (Shimmer Surprise) August 31st8/31

54-99 is a nice new jingle bells type with white flecks on a bright red background. It will probably be named Shimmer Red and is closely related to Shimmer Pink and Jingle Bells 4.0. 54-99 was in the 2003 examples. It started slow after the pinch and we did not make any early PGR applications. Near the end of the crop it stretch rapidly and we made a late Bonzi drench that worked well. This year we planted and pinched a week earlier and anticipate making one spray at 3-4 weeks. We hope this will somewhat reduce the late stretch.