Now is the best time to take cuttings in my opinion,
basal cuttings should be broken off with your finger and thumb gripping
the cutting as close as you can to the tuber.
I like to insert my cuttings in a square pot pushing the cutting down the
side of the pot in a 70/30 mixture of peat and perlite, I find they root
quicker down the side.
The majority of my pot plants are at this stage at
the end of April. I select stems that have leaves that are facing
outwards, all other stems are taken off as cutting material. At this time
of the year the pot plants are never all at the same stage of growth.
This is a basket of Sutherlandii. One
tuber that is
four years old, if you grow this variety watch out for mildew as this variety is usually the first one to catch it if it is about. Later on I will
show you an easy way how to collect the seed from this cultivar.
This is my basket of champagne just planted up,
hopefully it will be ready for our area show on the 13th and 14th of
August 2005. In this basket there are three tubers each being two years