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The Lonely Begonia Grower

Phil Champion's Diary
2011

INTRODUCTION

 NOVEMBER
 
Its getting closer to the end of the season, and with the shade house at bursting point (A) mid October, I was a little concerned. Thankfully we have only had one frost up to mid November. It's amazing how quickly leaves start to fall from the plants (B). Sometimes the plants look as if they still have plenty of foliage on the plant as can be seen on the next couple of pictures. Late basal growth can mask the loss of lower leaves on the plant (C,D). Looking at the plant now shows me its now time to cease watering (E). Now is the time to help the plant into its final stage before storage for the winter. The plant is now reduced to help it on its way, before harvest time (F). The early cuttings are also starting to show signs with leaves turning yellow & falling (G). The only thing I do with the cuttings is to leave them in their pots till its time to start them off again next year.
   Most of the cuttings are still growing quite well in the greenhouse (H). A few plants are starting to show signs of mildew, (I) these will be treated due to the fact that I want to keep the cuttings going and be able to take a few late leaf cuttings. Seed pods are starting to ripen (J) although some of the pods fell from the plants before they were ripe I still hopefully will have enough seed for next year (K).
   With the plants now quickly going to rest more room becomes available to move about (L). Another 2 weeks later most of the stems have fallen (M,N). The end of the month I will start to remove some of the compost and start to see what stock I want to keep. Next month will also be the time I reflect on my year and a list of varieties to grow for showing only.


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