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Peter's Potting Shed, the retreat

Peter Sourbutts Diary
2013
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APRIL
  
Here we are in May, and the weather is still not kind to us here in the north west. The nights are still cold, and the heater is still on and set at 5c, much to the wife's disgust .The heated greenhouse is rather full at the moment, if only I could chance to move some plants to the unheated house, I will have to take that chance this week, and have the fleece at the ready.
   I am now starting to do the final potting of my show plants, as they come ready, this is when the roots have reached the pot sides. The mixture for this is three parts Levington M3, one and a half parts Singletons John Innes number 2, half part Perlite, and Nutrimate added. The pots size is between 3 and 5 litres dependent on the tuber size. My cuttings that were taken at the beginning of April are now showing signs of growth and will be potted on this month as they become ready.
   This week I have made up my hanging basket for Southport Flower Show, in the same mixture. I have also removed all flower buds from my show plants.

   The photos are of tubers ready for potting on, cuttings in the propagator, semperflorens that will be used in flower bags for the garden, a hanging basket for the garden, and a new variety of bedding begonia being released next year that I am trialling, the flowers are extremely large in diameter, and I will keep you informed of its progress.
   Here's hoping for warmer weather.


Adult tubers left side of greenhouse.


Adult tubers right side of greenhouse.


Cuttings.


Million Kisses hanging basket.


New seedling.


Semperflorens.

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