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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

June

June has started with a mini heatwave perhaps mother natures way of making up for earlier in the year.  I have only minimal shading on the greenhouse and if plants are grown in good light from the start, I have found that hot weather is not so detrimental to growth. 

My solution to hot weather is to flood the path, this helps to drop the temperature and boost humidity in the greenhouse. If plants are grown hard in good light the heat does not seem to have such an adverse effect although they do prefer cooler conditions.  My solution to plants not looking so good in the middle of the day is simple donít go in the greenhouse, wait till the cool of evening or early in the morning.  It has been a season of many changes and the end of July has seen one of our hottest days on record with temperatures of over 30 degrees.  A few plants got slightly burned but no major damage to my pot plants was evident.

Unfortunately, due to work commitments the plants have not yet been staked but 7 weeks holiday should allow for this task to be completed soon.  The plants will be aimed to flower for Dundee Show (August 31) and as such are now being given a half strength balanced feed at every watering.  If the weather turns duller this will be changed to a full-strength feed as plants require watered less.  The recent hot spell has seen me using 50 gallons of water a day and whilst not onerous this is a time-consuming task. Foliar feeding is still being done but will stop when buds are secured.  Plants have now been sprayed against mite and mildew and most tasks are reasonably up to date.

 


Flooding path


Cut bloom plants


Cuttings in cold frame


Pot plants


Pot plants

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British Begonia Champion  12 Cut Blooms   2012

      
Scottish Championship 9 Pots    2012

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