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February part two.

Not much doing since my last update but plenty to think about.  

Cut Blooms.
Cut bloom work will hopefully be straight forward with no significant  changes required. 

Pot Plants.
Growing pot plants will be new to me and no doubt require a totally different approach. If possible, I would like to try and grow a single adult tuber in a pot using two forward facing basal shoots and subsequent side shoots (the John and Mairi Hamilton way). I could also try and grow one as above but with three or more basal shoots (the Jim Mihulka way). Then of course in Scotland we can have more than one tuber in a pot. My larger tubers although only entering their second growing season as an adult will have too big a root ball (started them in 1.5 litre pots) to allow me to fit two or for that matter three in a manageable sized pot and anyway, I feel that more than one adult tuber per pot is not required. That leaves cutting tubers, I could substitute each adult basal stem with a cutting tuber, two or three in a 7.5 litre pot (maximum number that would fit in that size of pot) and I could have more than one cultivar in a pot (against judging rules) and have a play with colour combinations. Stopping times would be irrelevant as each individual plant could be stopped according to its cultivar in order that they all flowered at the same time. Do not think that would go down well with the purists among you but it could be fun, there again I should maybe play safe. Do I want all the flowers to be at the top of the plant or layered? 

Compost.
I have started all of my tubers in a peat based compost but the majority of their growing will take place within a John Innes mix. When will the transition from peat to soil take place?  Will the final pot size influence when this takes place and for that matter what strength will I make my J.I. mix?  Will it be a true J.I. recipe or will I alter it in order to suit my method of watering.   A lot of questions to be answered but first I must see what material I will have to work with. 

Time permitting, I will try to insert a few photographs of the more interesting experiments that I have carried out over the years. 

 


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 Description of Photographs

1 and 2.  Last stem section overwintered and now starting up. This is a backup plan for the plant when no true tuber was made.
3 and 4.  New root growth from previous years root.

Something nonstandard that you may find interesting -
5, 6, 7 and 8.  The production of a viable tuber from the leaf vein of a double flowered begonia (still attached to the parent plant).
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