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Ball Tech On Demand
James Doukas, Ball FloraPlant & Selecta One
Receiving Hot
Poinsettia Cuttings
• Use a digital thermometer.
• Check temp both near the outside
of box and in the center...
Cooling poinsettia cuttings
• Set cooler temp to 50F/10C
• Pre cool the cooler prior to adding cuttings to
avoid over cool...
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Ball Tech On Demand: Handling Hot Poinsettia Cuttings

James Doukas, Territory Manager for Ball FloraPlant and Selecta One shares timely information for growers handling poinsettia cuttings that have heated up in transport. Find best practices for receiving hot poinsettia cuttings, how to check temperatures, what to watch out for and recommended protocols to implement. Specific cooling strategies are outlined, as well.

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Ball Tech On Demand: Handling Hot Poinsettia Cuttings

  1. 1. Ball Tech On Demand James Doukas, Ball FloraPlant & Selecta One
  2. 2. Receiving Hot Poinsettia Cuttings • Use a digital thermometer. • Check temp both near the outside of box and in the center closer to ice pack. • Warm temps (64F/18 C or higher) both near center and outside indicate that the cuttings may have been warm for a while and cuttings will need to be cooled overnight. • If temps are near 50 F/10 C in the center of the box and warmer near the outside of the box, it is likely that heating occurred late in the delivery and damage is less likely. • If practical, it is recommended to store these in a cooler overnight, as well.
  3. 3. Cooling poinsettia cuttings • Set cooler temp to 50F/10C • Pre cool the cooler prior to adding cuttings to avoid over cooling • Ideally remove cuttings from bag (especially if warm) to disperse ethylene gas. If not practical, at least open bags to exchange gases. • Make sure cuttings are moist and add water if needed. • Cool a minimum of 4 hrs, best overnight. • Cuttings should be firm and crisp when removed from cooler and stuck
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