Well it's the third week of March already and the new season is showing
its face. Looks like I shall have my usual early start, as most of my
mature tubers are away and pipping nicely. Thought I would send you an
early update, it may be some newer members of our Society will take heart at
the sight of the growth already evident on the hot-bed. What a lovely sight that promises so much for another chapter in
the cycle of growing begonias. I never fail to be intrigued by the first
showings of life after a Winter of dormancy, - hot water treatment all
done, as is the baptism of Domestos.
Tubers are into appropriate size pots
of Leavingtons F2 starting compost with added grit, mixed with 25%
vermiculate (or Perlite). When fully rooted I shall move them on to
larger pots with Leavingtons M3 ,plus vermiculite, I will give them a
drench of Provado to keep the vine weevil in check.
I have (inevitably)
some ( new to me) varieties, including a nice" Geoff Bizley", (thank you Brian) and an oldie from Blackmore and Langdon,s
"Elaine Tartellin", which John Smith found for me (thanks John).I have
been in communication with some new members, Lorraine Rudd and Bill
Gaskell both from Wales, and was able to supply a few tubers, as was I
able to help Jim Mihulka, who has had a few problems.
All of which leads me to the suggestion of the possible
inclusion in the bulletin of a list of growers within the Society of
people wishing to exchange tubers, say, in the dormant time of the year.
Little or no money need change hands, just a simple swap, say half a
dozen of member "A"s surplus varieties swapped with half a dozen
from member "B". I feel new friendships could be formed, one's
stock could be enhanced with the addition of different varieties, much
to gain and food for thought. Just a list of willing participants with a contact number could be a possibility.??
Best Wishes from "Sunny" Cornwall, regards, Mike.