Continuing with Begonia growing for the shows~
Yesterday i managed to get all of last years cuttings out of the greenhouse and either in the cold frame or outside in the shade. This year i am trying a new
method – i have used grow bags and made holes for
the pots (mostly 4inch pots) which i then sunk into the grow bags. It’s a bit later than i had wanted, but with the weather so wet it has been difficult. This i decided to try after talking with another Begonia grower, but he puts his pots inside another larger pot, but leaving the plant in the 4 inch pot – keeping the Begonia tuber in a fairly tight pot is, i am told, supposed to encourage larger tubers to develop. Sinking the pot into more compost means that the roots can come through the bottom of the pot and continue growing whilst still encouraging a larger tuber by being in a tight pot- also saves time which i really need to spend on this years show plants. As it’s the first year i’ve tried it i don’t know how well it will work. Previous years i have just potted them on once they filled the pot.
Also yesterday i fed the maiden hair ferns with some baby bio to try and green them up a bit.
Today i hope to go through the show plants and dress them ready for the show, probably need to go through them 2 or 3 times before the show. I need to open up the plants and make sure the buds are above the leaves – take off any that won’t be out for the show, and side shoots that won’t be any good. I’ll take out any plants that won’t
make it- if it looks a good plant, but won’t be out in time i’ll put
in in the other greenhouse and it should make one of the smaller local village shows. This is also the first year that i’ve tried the Begonia Rex for the show ~ The main Shrewsbury show is only two weeks today!
I know from the news that we have been lucky in my area, although it’s been wet with some floods mainly from water off the fields blocking some roads. Not far away in Ludlow the water washed a bridge away and a house collapsed into the river, it was on the front page of the local paper.
Good luck to everyone as far as the floods go, and i hope everyone gets back to normal ASAP.
- 26 Jul, 2007
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