Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
8-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August 23, 1974 Your garden By Isabella R. Young, F.R.H.S. HOME OF THE WEEK Although cyclamen may be planted from June to November, there are some who recommend the seed be sown about the middle ot August For those who would like to experiment with grow- ing this lovely plant you can send for the seed and plant it at the time you choose It takes approximately 16 to 18 months to reach flowering stage, so seed sown in August will produce flowers around the following December These will usually fill a five to six inch pot and make marvellous specimens. Sow the seed in small flats or pots in equal parts of loam, peat moss and sand, finely sifted Cover with a piece of gla.ss and newspaper until ger- mination takes place, which is usually between five and eight weeks, although some of the seeds do take longer, so don't get impatient it only a tew seedlings come up at first. Keep pot at about 65 degrees tor best germination. It is best to sow the seed thinly to allow tor easier pricking out of the ones that are ready Before the leaves appear, a tiny tuber develops under the soil. Once up. great care should be taken us cyclamen seedlings are susceptible to damping off. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transfer them to individual two inch pots, using a com- post of two thirds loam, one third leal mould or peat moss, with the addition of a little sand When growing in a greenhouse or home, do not have too warm or dry an at- mosphere As the plants grow, transfer them to larger pots and by the following summer they should be in a five to six inch pot For the final potting, use three parts loam, one part peat moss and one part sharp sand with the addition of a lit- tle manure (pulverized sheep manure or cow manure will do if none other is charcoal and bonemeal. The tubers are only half covered with soil Keep growing cool and moist, shading from the mid day sun. Fertilize every two weeks. 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Postal Station A. Toronto, Ontario M5W 1M9. Send ad- ditional for catalogue il- lustrating over 300 other build -it-yourself projects. Catalogues and home im- provements books are tax tree (Copyright 1974. Toronto Star Syndicate) casionally with tepid water is beneficial. After flowering, keep watering until the leaves start to die down. Gradually decrease the water until all the leaves have faded. The tubers need to be rested now Place the pot on its side under a bench, sprinkling oc- casionally to prevent drying out completely. After resting, sometime towards the end of July or beginning of August, remove the dead foliage and some of the old soil from the rootball and repot in a compost as for the final potting. Be sure to keep the top half of the tuber above the soil surface, otherwise crown rot could oc- cur if it is set lower, from water collecting in the inden- tation. If any flower buds appear before October, remove these. Keep the pot in a bright, cool window, if growing in the house and in a cool, airy spot in the greenhouse. A day temperature of 50 to 60 degrees and 45 to 50 degrees during the night is ideal. Turn the plant pot around once a week to keep the cyclamen symmetrical. They grow best when pot bound. The best way to water is to soak the pot in water once a week. The tubers may be grown and repotted each year, for several years, and while the flowers will be smaller than originally, they will still be nice To remove dead flowers give a sharp twist and pull out If the leaves and buds turn yellow it is a sign of too high a room temperature and lack of light There is a good range of colors in cyclamen and the blossoms may be single, dou- ble and fringed. With regard to re starting old cyclamen corms that have been resting, if they are still in last year's flowering pots, some growers start watering them in that condition and get them going before repotting them. 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Peonies will bloom successfully in the same location for many years, yet clumps that have become large and overcrowded should be divided and transplanted late next month or early in October at the latest The planting location is extremely important. Peonies should be planted in full sun. Dig up the plants and shake off soil around the roots. Divide the clumps by cutting with a sharp knife, but make sure that each division has three to four basal buds above the roots. These are sometimes called the Remove by cutting any damaged or hollow roots; they are of no use to the plant. The divisions should be covered with no more than two inches of soil. You must dig a good deep hole to accommodate the root system, and they should be well underground. But remember the eyes should only have the two inches of soil over them and this really is most important. I don't like to crowd in peonies with other plants not that they object too much to their being in the same bed with them but peonies, if given about three or four feet of growing area, will produce beautifully. There are two schools of thought regarding the feeding of the dormant plant in the fall, but we find that an application of a fertilizer like Vigoro Bone Meal becomes available at the time the plant starts growing the following spring. And the bone meal breaks down to feed them at the proper time. Well-rotted manure also helps protect the divisions and allows the organics to get to the root system early in the spring. I like to help the divisions along with an application of a low-nitrogen fertilizer like Pink Vigoro adds deeper color to the bloom and makes the foliage more intense. September and early October are about the best times of the year to start new geraniums from cuttings. Cuttings can be taken from coleus as well. Take side shoots about four-inches- long and cut just below a node where the leaves come out. Remove the lower leaves to make for easier planting. Dip the cut end in the root-starting hormone. Use a four-inch pot which will accommodate four cuttings, and use sharp sand or perlite as the rooting medium. This should be kept moist, not sopping wet. One extra little point to remember: Wilting can be prevented if you'll enclose the cuttings in a plastic bag after pot- ting. When the cuttings start to root, remove the plastic bag carefully and shade the cuttings from direct sun. Once roots have been formed, remove to their own pot to grow on. The house plants that have been outdoors for their "summer vacation" should be brought indoors before the frost. Be sure to thoroughly inspect them for disease and insects. Many of the plants you placed should be repotted to the next larger sized pot. For example, if they were in a 3- inch pot when put out, it is a good idea to repot them, using sterilized potting soil, to the next larger pot of 4-inch size. Tuberous begonias should be dug after the first frost; this shocks them into dormancy. Lift with as much soil as possible, place in a fish flat and then place them in a well-ventilated room that's cool. When the stems separate easily from the tuber they should be cleaned by removing the dried soil around them. They over- winter best when they are cured for about two weeks, then stored in dried sphagnum moss in a cool place until potting-up time in the spring. It's wise to check for drying out over winter.