plants from the earliest cutting tubers are now potted on and
growing away nicely. I have had a much higher loss rate
amongst tubers this winter, for no reason I can think of. They
over wintered ok and then rotted when I started them up.
This happened with both adult and cutting tubers.
plants for the NEC on 15th June are just starting to move ahead.
They are no longer under lights which were switched off the day the
clocks went on. They look about the same as the same time last
year so fingers crossed. Some warmer nights would be welcome.
tubers are starting slower than last year. These were put in on
the 21st March and are only just starting to show through. I am not
worried because they always catch up when the warmer weather
The over wintered cuttings that are not for the NEC are
potted on and kept as near the light as possible to ensure that they
don't decide to go dormant. If they do they are a hell of job
to start again so I try to prevent it. The over wintered cuttings
are a very good insurance against losing new varieties in the first
year, which can easily happen.