We typically go to great lengths to
ensure that our blooms are kept clean and free from damage. I use a variety of
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overhead system is based on Novolux corrugated sheets on a wooden framework. This, coupled
with windbreak netting on all sides of the plot, gives adequate protection from both wind
and rain. I think it's probably impossible to grow exhibition quality disbuds without this
type of protection.
personal preference, perhaps, but every bud is bagged using a 6"x6" bud bag,
irrespective of colour. These bags ensure that the bud has some protection from the
earliest possible stage.
each bud bag becomes filled with the developing petals it is replaced with a larger bag. I
use 12.5"x13" and 12.5"x15" greasproof bags depending on the size of
the bloom expected. All bags are 'double bags', i.e one bag inserted inside another before
being inflated and placed over the developing flower. Bags are secured to the stem of the
plant using two twistits (plant ties). These bags provide protection for the bloom right
up to the point of cutting for the show.
constructed my own lightweight bloom frames and these are used for all reflexed cultivars,
irrespective of colour. Frames maximise the space in which the reflexing bloom can
develop, they also prevent bags collapsing on the developing petals.
all into practice:
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Last updated on 20 December, 2001