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East Anglian Diary   December 2005
John Taylor

A series following progress in the greenhouse of
Society Membership Secretary, Area Rep. & British Champion.

"I have grown tuberous Begonias for the last 35 years and grown species and rexes for about 15 years.
 I became East Anglian Area Representative in 1994.  I have shown in all types of Begonia classes, but mostly enjoy designing and exhibiting stands for charity."

6th. December.
1. The last photo of my cuttings showed no flowers as I had taken them all off, I then went away on holiday for a fortnight and when I came back this was the sight that greeted me.  The Autumn weather being so warm but I had just moved them inside as the temperature dropped.
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2.  Four weeks later my cuttings are beginning to turn yellow, I am still watering a little from the bottom to keep them ticking over as long as I can. They are in my greenhouse that is just frost free.

 

3.  As you can see the cuttings have made a fair bit of growth since they were taken, this one was taken on the 25th of June 05, hopefully by the time I take them out they should have made a nice little tuber.  I will leave them in there pots until I am ready to replant them, probably the end of February.

 

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4.  This is a basket called Chandelier which I purchased from Bellcross Nurseries earlier on in the year.  It is a different colour to add to my collection and it was still like this at the end of October.  It does tend to have stiffer stems than a lot of pendulous.
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5. This rex Contessa De Rosa is an easy one to grow with some nice markings, it also roots well from leaf cuttings.  If you can keep a temperature of about 50f it will keep its leaves all the year.

 

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