The cuttings which have been in the garden since June are now maturing
nicely, and have been dug up, still in the pots. They are in the shade
house for the time being because they dry off better in there. The
shade house is quite safe for the early light frosts.
which showed promise have been lifted, but the rest are left in the garden
to be frosted. They are then left a week before being dug up and dried
off. They have to be treated in this way because I just don't have the
room if they dug whilst still green..
over-wintering of cuttings has been so successful over the last two
winters that I have taken more this year. The cuttings were taken between
the end of August and the end of September. There are about 50 under two
3ft fluorescent tubes. Gentle bottom heat is provided, because the
greenhouse is only heated to 40F. The lights are on from 5am to 9pm
whatever the weather until the end of March.
greenhouse is now very crowded, with plants everywhere on 2 tiers.
They are only being watered on an "as required" basis now. This means that
I have to move and inspect each one every few days to check them. I still
have the door open all the time and the glass on the south side has not
yet been replaced. I want them to be cold and airy, then they will get the
hint. I will be glad when they decide to go down !