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Date last updated: 
03 April 2012

 

Chrysanthemum Hydroponics
By Eric Anderton

Containers

AIR POTS
The only type of containers  to use are "AIR-POTS", shown in the photos. These are superb and I recommend them enthusiastically.

Down the sides are "cones" with holes at the end. The cones are so shaped that water will not run out but air will be admitted. The bottoms are open mesh, again to admit air. The pots can be split open, see key at side. They come flat packed. Assemble with the two rows of solid cones to the top of pot.

The size I use are 8"(20cms) diameter and 11"(28cms) tall.

I trialled these pots for a number of years, even before they were on general sale.

Incorporate canes by placing 2 rows of wires around the pot, the canes fitting snuggly and firmly between the cones. The simplest ideas are the best! 

(see final photo at the bottom of this page)


Open 'mesh' bottom of pot
Chrysanthemums are flowered either one plant per pot-two stops; or two plants-one stop; but most of mine are "one-ups", five to each pot. A great advantage when selecting seedlings and I get great anemones. I have 100 pots, so grow 500 blooms per year.

"One-ups" grow straight and each is secured to its own cane, do not take up much space unlike "stopped" plants which grow candelabra style.

If growing for exhibition, five plants (blooms) per pot, same cultivar, they all flower same time and as "peas in pod", unlike stopped plants that grow in apical dominance, each bloom varies a bit in flowering time and size. Easy to match up "one-ups" in a vase.

I would rather grow a flower than a big plant, I do appreciate I am growing late anemones however.

Rooted cuttings do not require repotting stages. The type of pot and aggregate produces a different root system.

One great advantage for old codgers (myself included!) is no more lifting heavy pots with heavy contents, and no washing and scrubbing all those pots of different sizes.

And of course less room taken up in glasshouse storing stools during winter.

THIS TYPE OF GROWING COULD BECOME REVOLUTIONARY....SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!

Footnote:
I do wish that one of our expert grower of late sprays would just trial 3 plants or so to try this system. I consider it would be very successful and an interesting challenge. 

Picture shows 'key' on side of pot Support canes attached to outside of pot
 

Links to pages where you can view magnified images of Eric's Anemone Seedlings.

Anemone Close-ups

Diamond encrusted Anemones


 

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