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Date last updated: 
23 May 2011

 

My Year in pictures - January/February (last updated 23 May 2011 )
Propagation (see video taking cuttings)
Propagation of my cuttings is completed during the early part of January. 

Potting On (see video Potting On)
The earliest cuttings from November are now ready to be moved on into larger containers. I am putting twelve plants in a standard sized seed tray, although I have used individual 3 inch and 3.5 inch pots in the past. The reason for using seed trays is largely for the convenience of being able to move twelve plants in one container.

Compost
I use a multi purpose soilless compost mixed with John Innes No 2 (three parts to one part) with the addition of DCM antagon for the beneficial fungi it contains to improve the root system.

Update: Compost mixes 2011
In recent years compost manufacturers have been encouraged to incorporate recycled materials into what were previously 100% peat based composts, additionally they have incorporated water retention chemicals. There two factors have influenced the performance of the compost to the extent that I was not happy to use such composts for my chrysanthemums.

So, for 2011 I have been making my own composts using the following components:
- 50% riddled compost from earlies grown in pots in 2010
- 50% newly bought Irish Moss peat

To each 6 gallons of the above I added:
- Chempak Multipurpose Potting base in accordance with instructions on the packet
- 2 ounces of DCM Antagon

This mixture is being used at all stages from propagation to final potting.

Watering
Plants are watered when they begin to flag.

Stopping (see video Stopping)
The earliest stop is for 'Lynn Johnson' and is done towards the end of February.

Video Library

Lates videos 2009

October Jobs  (Filmstrip)

Chrysanth stool

Taking Cuttings

First Potting 

Second potting from container

Second potting from tray

Antagon Properties

Stopping

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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