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Central Area
Area Representative  Steve Jones
17 Bevere Close, Worcester  WR3 7QH
Tel: 01905 457963     Mobile: 07923 589131
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2020

A few pictures from the garden of Steve Jones for this season.

 

March

I start my tubers off in multipurpose compost and at the first potting they go into a mixture of JI No 2 ,Multipurpose and Grit.

                      

April

The weather has been very warm so shading added.

                   

                  

                                         

May

Things have been moving on in the greenhouses with lots of plants  moved into their final pots, you can see the difference in growth from the early potted plants to the latest. Don't over water plants only give a good watering when dry. There are plenty of nutrients in the fresh compost so do not feed for at least six weeks ,only give water. I have plenty of water storage tanks so I always use rain water. As you see the canes have been put into the pots, they are loose at first but when roots grow inside pot this makes the cane firm .  When selecting plants for 7" pots you only want one main stem all the other shoots coming from the tuber can be taken as cuttings which can be seen in picture below. This applies to the 10" pots any shoots removed can be taken as cutting as you only want three or four main stems in these 10" pots. I do not use any rooting powder on cuttings I just put them into 50/50 mix of peat and sharp sand as rooting powder and  the nutrients in multipurpose compost may stop your cuttings rooting making them rot.