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Begonias - My Hobby
An Occasional Page by Dave Staines

My home is in Walton, Peterborough. I have been growing Begonias since 1980 and joined the N.B.S. in 1981.  My main interest until recently has been to grow pot plants for exhibition but I have now decided to concentrate on growing Cut Blooms. I have been fortunate to have raised a couple of new varieties to date, these being named "Citrus" and "Whispers". The most successful being "Whispers" which I am pleased to say is being exhibited widely as a pot plant and cut bloom. "Whispers" and "Citrus" came from the same pod and were first flowered in 1994. Parents were "Primrose" as the seed parent and "Can Can" as the pollen parent.
   I am involved with the Society in a number of ways, as the Librarian/Archivist, a member of the National Committee and have recently been appointed a Show Judge.

INTRODUCTION
The greenhouses at my home...........

PREPARATION
..."elbow grease" which was needed in abundance!!

SEED SOWING
 The tray is filled right to the top and firmed....

PLANTING
The tray will be immersed in another tray filled with warm water

PROPAGATING
When the cutting was taken......

CONSOLIDATING
Many of the cuttings are now rooted and potted into 3" pots.

SHOWTIME
A close eye needs to be kept on the leaves so that they don't touch the bloom ........

AUTUMN
.......plants are starting to die back

HYBRIDIZATION
I use a fine hair paintbrush to transfer the pollen..........

...and Finally
Many are down to stumps........


Whispers


    Stan Dickinson

Dave Staines   2008

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