Ball SB Colombia


Ball offers three distinct Trachelium series for simplified, year-round production: Lake Forest, Lake Louise and Lake Michigan series. Trachelium is used as a filler in bouquets or elegantly displayed as monochromatic or 'solid' bouquets. Flowers are mildly scented, light and lacy, and are found in a profusion of colors.

Lake Forest Series (Early Season). Bred to flower more easily under conditions of shortening day length. Long days (16 to 18 hours) are still needed to flower, but due to breeding, flowers are initiated more easily, uniformly and quickly. Lake Louise Series (Late Season). Latest to flower, this Group 4 series has the greatest tolerance for high heat, long days and high light of the Lake Collection. Lake Michigan Series (Mid Season) has the greatest potential for year-round production in mild climates. This series is recommended for highland tropic.


  • Crop Time

    19 weeks from planting to harvest, 18 weeks from pruning to pruning.
    Planting Density: With no pinch 64 plants/ or 6 to 7 plants/sq-ft, whit pinch 24 plants/ (Pinch) or 2 to 3 plants/

  • Planting Density

    No Pinch: 64 plants/m2
    Pinch: 24 plants/m2

  • Pre-planting

    Soil: Well drained, loose soil with no clusters, at least 25 cm (10 in.) deep.
    pH: 6.0 to 6.5.
    Trachelium is sensitive to manganese excess in soil. Do not sterilize with steam for more than 4 hours.

  • Pinch

    Pinch in week 2 to 3 after planting.
    Leave 2 or 3 pairs of leaves.

  • Shoot Selection

    Selection: It is done in week 5 since planting, in stems of 5 to 8 cm high (2-3 in).
    Leave between 3 and 4 stems per plant.
    Removing lateral stems is recommended.

  • Temperature

    During the first three weeks night temperature should be near 11°C (52°F) and 13°C (55°F) for the day.
    After the third week, night temperature can increase to 13°C (55°F) and 16°C (61°F) in the day.
    Maximum temperature average should be near 18°C (64°F).

  • Additional Light

    Trachelium needs long days (16 to 18 hours of total photoperiod). Start cyclic light when plants are 35 cm high. Keep additional light until 40% of the production has been harvested.
    Use shadow when light intensity exceeds 1800 joules/ cm2.

  • Prunning

    Light pruning. Leave two nodes ( 7 to 10 cm, 2.5 to 4 in.) to induce basal shoot formation.
    If no drip irrigation is available, do a higher pruning to avoid disease infection and plant mortality.
    Always seal stems against fungi and diseases.
    After pruning lower watering and stop fertilization, after 1 or 2 weeks new shoots will be visible, at this point irrigation and fertilization can initiate again.

  • Irrigation

    Begin production with overhead irrigation, then switch to drip irrigation one (1) week following transplant.
    Keep at field capacity on the first four (4) weeks. Allow to dry slightly between watering, the stable moister of the soil is essential.
    Reduce irrigation during umbel development.

  • Fertilization

    Initially maintain EC of 1 ms/cm.
    Feed using a combination of calcium nitrate and potassium nitrate fertilizers.
    Discontinue nitrogen fertilizer during the final four weeks of crop growth.

  • Harvest

    Harvest should be done when flowers are between 70% to 80% open. Umbel should be between 12 to 15 cm (4. to 6 in.).
    Important: Do not allow botrytis to develop on the field.

  • PostHarvest treatment

    Immediate hydration.

  • Pests & Diseases

    Rhizoctonia sp
    Pythium sp
    Botrytis sp
    Leaf Miner (Early Stages)
    Thrips sp

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