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May

May has come round quick & with the weather being on the warm side everything is moving at some speed. My plants are well ahead of where I would have liked them for the shows, the plants are at least 3 weeks ahead. For the National I would have liked them in their final pots mid-May but already most have already needed potting into their final pots. I have been having a tweak with my compost from 1st pot to 2nd, I can say yes, Iím happy with what Iím seeing. I can also see a difference in the plants they are looking particularly good at this time. The seedlings have also been in their final pots for a couple of weeks now, also looking good. Baskets have all been stopped & side shoots are now developing & I will give them all another stop once the side shoots start showing flower buds. The plants that were for Dundee I managed to keep them down in pot size & will only let these flower in 3 litre pots. These to are now starting to want potting up as well, again earlier than I would have liked. The glasshouse is now getting fuller & with plants being potted up they are requiring more room to flex their muscles.

We are due a cold snap & with no heating in the big glasshouse will have fleece on standby.  To give myself some room many will be selected to grow out in the garden flower beds once the danger of frosts has passed, so being a little selective on what gets potted up.

 

Keep safe till next time 

Phil Champion

 

Plants in final pots

Good root growth

Seedlings in final pots

Plants looking good

Baskets showing side shoots

 

Plants were for Dundee show 3 litre pots

 

 

General view of glasshouse

 

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