The idea in the early stages is to root later, restrict growth, reduce feed
and allow a natural break to encourage the flowering laterals.
The compost used for the early stages is three parts soilless multi-purpose
compost plus one part John Innes 2.
For final potting I re-used multi-purpose compost
from last years early pots plus soil from my garden (3 parts to one part),
to which I added 5 ounces of Vitax Q4 and three ounces of DCM Antagon per
bushel (or 8 gallons in 'old money').
As mentioned above, rather than stop the plants I have decided to allow
them to break naturally and let them initiate the flowering laterals on
their own terms. When this has happens I will select flowering laterals well
down the stem from the break bud to avoid the possibility of early buds on
short laterals which can occur when a plant is allowed to form a natural
break bud. This also means I will select the flowering laterals from part of
the stem that is ripe and quite hard so hopefully lateral development will
be slower than laterals selected from the soft part of the stem near the
Next Stages ...
I hope to chart the progress of Lates through a series of short video clips
- Click the 'Lates Videos 2009' link in the Library.
Date this page last updated:
14th December 2009