THE programme outlined is a basic one, suitable for most purposes, but there are certain variations and refinements which may be applied in special cases. Firstly let us examine the four main types of bloom in respect of their individual requirements.
On the whole these require a long period of growth and should be rooted in December. A few exceptions will Read more [...]
THE chrysanthemum is propagated by cuttings
made from young growth sent up from the base in winter and early spring. Actually, the real start is made at the end of the previous season.
The Importance of Good Stock
The cutting is a part of the old plant, and will perpetuate its characteristics whether good or bad. It is, therefore, very important that a grower should select Read more [...]
ONE of the attractions of the chrysanthemum is in the variety of ways it reacts to the grower’s intervention. The process of ‘stopping’ is a case in point. Stopping involves the removal of the small growing point at the apex of the stem. The removal prevents further extension of that stem and results in branches developing from the buds in the leaf axils below. Stopping Read more [...]
The important troubles encountered with the chrysanthemum are limited in number and the really dangerous ones are fewer still.
Prevention is far better than cure, and in this respect two principles must be thoroughly grasped. Weak unbalanced growth is more susceptible to attack and less able to resist when troubles arise. Checks of any kind are dangerous Read more [...]
It will be appreciated that the nature of the rooting medium will be a factor in success or failure, and though details of proved mixtures are given later, there must be a preliminary discussion of the separate ingredients of which five are commonly employed.
This is a mixture in itself, being formed of sand, silt and clay together with a small percentage of humus. In Read more [...]
PRODUCTION of show-standard blooms demands care all through the season, and many judges and show secretaries could wish that the same care was exercised at show time. Most of the upsets could be avoided if exhibitors read the regulations printed in the schedule, and disqualifications would be almost unknown if growers took the trouble to master the N.C.S. Classification of Read more [...]
WITH so large a field from which to select, the grower is often confused when he comes to build his own selection. There will be the question of personal taste as to colour and form to be set against such matters as reliability, ease of growth, available space, etc., etc. Altogether this selection of varieties is an awkward business, but can be eased if the grower will set Read more [...]
As an alternative, or in addition to a window-box or trough garden, to be used on a terrace or verandah, or around the walls of a paved yard where there is no garden, tubs filled with plants will be an attraction all the year round. Their value lies in their depth and size, making it possible to grow many plants which would be unsuitable for window-box culture on account of Read more [...]
Planting will take place late in autumn for the spring flowering plants and bulbs
, and again in early summer when the plants are replaced by those which bloom through summer and autumn. Where planting is to be done directly into the soil, pot grown plants should be knocked from the pots and taken to upstairs boxes in a clean wooden box, so that there will be the minimum of Read more [...]
Before placing any compost in the boxes it will be necessary to ensure drainage
. First, the holes in the base must be made so that the soil does not fall through, and this is best done by placing a piece of fine mesh wire netting over the base. Then add a layer of crocks to a depth of about -1/2 in. (1.25 cm) to ensure efficient drainage during winter. Over the crocks, a layer Read more [...]
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