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The Lonely Begonia Grower

Phil Champion's Diary
2011

INTRODUCTION.

 APRIL
  
April is a busy time as early started tubers are ready for their second pots, (A)  and others are ready for their first pots having been carefully removed from the tray. An example of the root growth in my plain peat starting medium (B). Here is another showing little top growth with plenty of roots (C). I will regularly check through the tubers making sure that things are OK. There are always a few losses at this time of year (D). Some of the cutting tubers can show potential for throwing many new growths, this small tuber only 25mm or an old inch shows nearly 50 growths (E). Another even smaller tuber shows 12 new growths (F).
    My tubers in their trays are virtually covered by my peat, this is to ensure that roots will also grow from the top of the tuber as seen in this picture (G). Basal cuttings are also starting to appear in numbers. All my plants require only one stem as I grow for cut blooms, all others can be used for cuttings, but due to limited space and already having too many plants I will be very selective on the cuttings I take, these are for the compost heap (H).
  
 Early April will see the fleece & bubble wrap removed to allow more natural light in (I). Make sure that shading is in place as the weather can throw the odd warm days and we are only just into April (J).
  
Space is used up very quickly at this time of year as my tubers for the mini show at Portchester and my other show are moving quickly (K). Also my tubers for the National at Birmingham are now starting to be placed into there first pots (L). With space running out rapidly (M) plants will have to be moved to the shade house (N) with plenty of fleece on standby, no doubt it will turn cold soon.
  


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