Colormax Clear Orange is a Viola hybrid Sakata Ornamentals developed for superior heat tolerance and large blooms. Violas are closely related to pansies and are native to North America. This annual flowering plant offers a compact habit of 4-6" tall and 8-10" wide, with large orange flowers from early spring to fall. This cultivar is heat and weather tolerant, flourishing in full or partial sun to pack color into containers, borders, hanging baskets, and mass plantings. Not even intense summer heat can stop the vibrant color of Colormax Violas. Grow Clear Orange alongside Icy Blue and Clear Yellow.
Colormax Clear Orange Selling Tips
Sell Colormax Clear Orange to customers looking for a Viola for a container or border or a long-blooming annual for the landscape. Customers will love the non-stop vibrant color of this heat-tolerant cultivar. Large flowers flourish on green foliage in full or partial sun, blooming from early spring through fall. Grow a mass of one color alongside a contrasting snapdragon, combine colors in a large container, or grow this plant alongside sedum, mustard, and kale for early spring and autumn displays of texture and color.
Coach Your Customer
1. Space plants 8" apart in well-drained soil in full or partial sun.
2. Water once a week or more often in drought.
3. Remove plants after frost and replace them in the spring.
4. Use clean potting soil in containers to prevent the spread of disease.
General Growing Tips For Your Seedling Tray
For best results with Colormax Clear Orange, plant one rooted plug per 1801 cell or 4-inch container. Use well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5-6.0, EC of 2.1-3.5 (SME), temperatures of 62-68 daytime and 50-55 nighttime, and moderate feed (150-200 ppm N). Viola benefits from an additional Boron supplement at .25 ppm, but check your water supply for Boron before adding more. A pH at or below 5.5 may reduce Thielaviopsis spread. Watch out for aphids, whiteflies, Thielaviopsis, and Anthracnose (leaf spot). This plant doesn't require pinching or PGRs in ideal growing conditions but will respond to daminozide, chlormequat, or ancymidol to control growth. Grow in the fall over winter for early spring sales or in the spring for fall sales; overwintered crops tend to be most successful.
Orange flowers bloom from spring through fall.
This plant doesn't require pinching.
Space containers for adequate airflow and sunlight penetration around the base and foliage of each plant.
Colormax Clear Orange doesn't need PGRs in ideal conditions, but responds to daminozide, chlormequat, or ancymidol. Use chemical growth regulators according to the label instructions.
You may see aphids and whiteflies.
Viola is susceptible to Thielaviopsis root rot and anthracnose leaf rot. Use a preventative fungicide drench at transplant according to the label instructions. Implement sanitary practices in your greenhouse, water at the base of each plant in the morning, allow the soil to dry between watering, and provide good airflow, spacing plants so sunlight and air can reach the base of each plant.
Thielaviopsis basicola is a black root rot common among vinca, pansy, and petunia. Wilting, poor growth, and poor rooting are all potential indicators of black root rot. Use a preventative fungicide on susceptible plants, implement sanitary practices in your greenhouse, and regularly inspect your plants for signs of disease. Maintaining a pH at or below 5.5 may keep this disease at bay.
Anthracnose is a fungal infection that causes leaf spotting, wilting, and death. Use a preventative fungicide, inspect for signs of infection, and don't overwater.
Planting Colormax Clear Orange Liners
We recommend planting one rooted liner per 1801 cell or 4-inch container. Use well-drained soil and center the ellepot in the container. Just bury the top of the ellepot as burying it too deep can encourage crown rot to develop.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Viola Colormax Clear Orange Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||10-11 Weeks|
|Bloom Period||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|Light||Full Sun, Partial Sun|