Stopping continues throughout this month. The picture on the left shows a
Chempak Rose plant a few weeks after stopping. Notice the clean break of the
main stem and the emergence of small growths in the leaf axils. These new
shoots will form the flowering laterals.
Potting on stage 2
The main task this month is moving plants from their first potting
containers into five inch or 1.5 litre pots.
The compost used for this potting job is three parts soilless multi-purpose
plus one part John Innes 2.
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
- Chempak Multipurpose Potting base in accordance with instructions on the
- 2 ounces of DCM Antagon
This mixture is being used at
all stages from propagation to final potting.