Chrysanthemums in Aberdeen

My year in pictures
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27 March 2009


My Year in pictures - April
April is a busy month!

Stopping the last of my plants is carried out this month.

Cold frames now invaluable
As the greenhouses become too small to contain the chrysanthemums and the bedding plants that now demand both space and attention I transfer many of my chrysanthemums to the cold frames. The cooler conditions will benefit the chrysanths and help to keep them short. 

Greenhouse preparation
The greenhouses now have to be prepared for growing a crop of Earlies. This means removing and storing all staging and other items so that the beds can be dug over and a base dressing of fertiliser applied about ten days before putting the plants into the soil.

Ground preparation
The outdoor beds have not been touched since they were roughly dug over last October. Now, similar to the preparation fro the greenhouses, the beds are dug over and base dressing applied. Windbreak netting is erected around the beds.

Treatment of plants
Most plants are now beginning to fill their containers with roots, a consequence of this is regular watering as they dry out fairly quickly in the sunshine of early spring. Those plants that were potted up first are also given a balanced  liquid feed to keep them moving and help the laterals to come away strongly.

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Lates videos 2009

October Jobs  (Filmstrip)

Chrysanth stool

Taking Cuttings

First Potting 

Second potting from container

Second potting from tray

Antagon Properties


March Tour

July Tours

August Tours

Straighten cocked bud

Bud Bagging

Roof system for Earlies

Wire supported bags

Bloom Bagging (1)

Bloom Bagging (2)

Bloom Protection Frames

Bloom shading

Dressing Blooms

Bloom Transport

Exhibits 2008 (Filmstrip)

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Cold frame Chempak Roses in 1.5 litre pots Lynn Johnson in l.5 litre pots Greenhouse full!

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