Bred to perform in a variety of climates, Merlin has 3.5-in. diameter flowers with good weather tolerance. These multiflora petunia plants are free flowering, reach a height of approximately 10 inches and retain their compact habit throughout the entire flowering season. Easy, uniform and quick in production, Merlin varieties are slow to stretch allowing for high density growing.
- Multiflora with mid-sized flowers in a beautiful color range
- Easy, uniform and quick in production
- Slow to stretch: allows for high density growing
- Dwarf, compact plant habit retained throughout the flowering season
Plug Culture – 5 weeks (405 / 15 x 27 tray)
Stage One (days 1-7) Sow raw or pelleted seed into a welldrained sterile media and maintain a temperature of 72-75°F/22-
24°C. For proper and uniform germination do not cover the seed
and use a fine mist for watering. If using pelleted seed, be sure to
apply sufficient moisture at the start to thoroughly melt the
Stage Two (days 8-14) After the seedlings emerge, reduce
moisture levels and allow the media to dry slightly in between
fertilizer applications. Apply 100 ppm of nitrogen from a wellbalanced calcium nitrate-based fertilizer and place in a wellventilated greenhouse with high light. Optimum temperatures
range from 65°F/18°C at night and 70°F/21°C during the day.
Stage Three (days 15-28) The seedlings are beginning to fill in
the plug trays. Fertilize as needed to maintain strong growth.
Supplemental lighting will promote leaf expansion and root
development, especially during the darker months of January and
February. If needed, apply B-Nine (daminozide) at 1,500 – 2,500
ppm / 0.15 – 0.25% as the leaves reach the plug tray edge to
Stage Four (days 29-35) The plants are now reaching maturity
and are ready for transplanting into pots and packs. Reduce
moisture and hold at 60°F/16°C, if necessary, until transplanted.