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My Way - by Derek L. Telford

Mid Season  - May to August

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Welcome sunshine at end of May requires giving plenty of ventilation and space between plants.  This space will be increased each week as each plant will be removed for the taking of cuttings and the removal of bud stems, which have fallen from removed buds.  When early buds are removed they leave small stems that will rot when they drop off. 

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Supporting canes in place before the end of May in order to avoid root damage later on.  As the plants elongate they would topple over without these canes.

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Buds are nipped off each week until 5 weeks before the show.

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It is never too early to commence forming a plant for exhibition.  This green cane was placed on the opposite side of the bud to pull one of the three basal shoots into place in order to space them all at 120 apart - for 360 viewing.  This is in late May, the bud was to be removed.

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With bud removed.

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Cane inserted - the synthetic dark string is tied in such a manner that the side shoots and growing tips are not trapped.  A check on the ties should be made every week from now on.  Note the multitude of side shoots on George McCormick.
Hessian or raffia ties are hygroscopic and cause rot when they get wet. 

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Three canes in position.

Top view of plant showing canes sloping outwards.

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Three litre pot showing cane inserted behind the bud which will flower in the direction in which the leaves are pointing.  It is essential to support the stem and also to avoid spearing the tuber when inserting the cane.  Surplus side shoots and basal shoots are removed for cuttings.

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