Endosulfan Sprays on Bract Disorders of Poinsettia Gross Supjibi

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Author: T.J. Blom1
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  • 1 Horticultural Research Inst. of Ontario, Vineland Station, Ont. L0R 2E0, Canada

Bract edge burn (BEB) has been observed in different greenhouse operations across North America over the past 10 years. The symptoms develop at anthesis or shortly after shipping. Varieties such as `Supjibi', `V-14 Glory', and `Celebrate 2' are considered susceptible cultivars. A number of trials using endosulfan (Thiodan) have been conducted. In 1993, `Supjibi' branched poinsettias were sprayed with either Thiodan, Decis, Thiodan + Decis, or water or remained unsprayed. The sprays were applied in week 39, 42 or 45. For each treatment period, plants were treated three times at 4-day intervals at label recommendations. At anthesis (week 47), plants sprayed with Thiodan or Thiodan + Decis during week 39 showed necrosis in the margin of the transitional bracts. In 1994, single spray applications in week 39, 40, 41, 42, or 45 of Thiodan, Ca (400 ppm), Thiodan + Ca in a tank mix, unsprayed, or Thiodan followed by four calcium sprays (weekly) in November. At week 48, all treatments except the latter showed necrosis, except this time it was marginal flecking in the transitional or primary bracts. In Spring 1995, single vs. multiple Thiodan applications were compared.

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