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CULTURAL DIARY   2018
John Hamilton
National Begonia Society Cut Bloom Champion  2008   2002
British Begonia Champion  2012  2009  2008  2004
SBS Pot Plant Champion 2012

April

April started the same as January, February and March with more snow you just have to grin and bear it.  Begonias have been slow to move and as a result have not yet been potted into their final pots.  Most are however now on the open bench and will soon be ready to be moved on. 
 

Pot plants have to be stripped down, this year I am going to experiment with 2- 3 main shoots and see what gives the best results.  The additional shoots are rooted as cuttings in below the mist in my propagator, the rooting medium is plain peat as I have found that the addition of fertiliser often rots the cuttings. My early cuttings are rooted in a mist propagator that gives good results.
 

Some varieties can be grown from cuttings to produce exhibition cut blooms later in the season and early cuttings also have the advantage of producing larger tubers that are easier to store. 
 

Smaller tubers are potted into 6 or 7-inch pots and these will also produce single flowers later in the season.  It is important not to overpot these as it effects the quality of the tuber produced later in the year.  It is important if you are growing pot plants to remember that three years down the line these are the tubers that will be used for exhibition.

 

          
Plants to be potted up


Plant ready to be stripped
 


Cuttings removed
 

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British Begonia Champion  12 Cut Blooms   2012

                  
Scottish Championship 9 Pots    2012

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