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When: Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
Where: Mounts Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Burt-Utley, "Mexican Begonias"
Refreshments: Elaine McKelvey, Di Loveland, Brenda Lines
Raffle Table: Begonias from a local nursery.
Plant Clinic: New this month. Bring in a problem plant and Doris H. will try to provide some advice.
Around the Garden
We had a great turnout for the propagation workshop at my house. This is the ideal time of year to propagate, whether you attend a workshop or not. Once your cuttings have a few roots, after two or three weeks, you can water with a weak solution of Miracle Gro or Peters, or put a few pellets of Nutricote on the surface near the cutting. In about five weeks you can transplant those in perlite to standard potting mix like Fafard or Lamberts and use some fertilizer pellets in the mix or continue regular feeding with liquid fertilizer. Many of you took home big pieces of rhizome, and those can just be placed horizontally in the garden where you want them to grow, with mulch tucked up around, but not over the top of the rhizome. Don't let them dry out in the hot spring weather; try to keep them evenly moist but not soggy. Feel free to email me with questions about your begonias. (email@example.com).
We are having some great rain this week, and I want to get outdoors in a little while and spread some fertilizer to take advantage of a rainy week to get that stuff working for the plants. With the new water restrictions of twice a week again, you will have to be vigilant during the hot and rain-free periods to hand water if necessary. Begonias do not like soggy conditions, but they also do not like to dry out.
While you are out there, fill up a birdbath or two or three. Migrants are passing through and our winter visitors like hummingbirds and painted buntings are about ready to leave. Our year-round birds always appreciate a birdbath, and you will enjoy watching them.
I recently planted some low-chill fruit trees which have been developed by the University of Miami. I went to Excalibur Nursery in Lake Worth and got one each of peach, plum, and nectarine. These trees require fewer cold winter days than the usual varieties grown in the states just north of us. Some of our members at the prop workshop told me they have mature low-chill peaches that are excellent.