The lion has roared! Thanks to all Begonia Members that helped out during this Aprils Mounts Spring Plant Sale, a Huge success. The final numbers are being tallied, but we beat last falls sale performance with the smooth operation, and cooperation of all members. Thanks to Pauline for handling the initial order with Harmony, Thank you Frances for the sale tickler that had each step planned out, Thanks to Susan and Gwen for setting up and cleaning up after the event, Thanks to all members who showed up and sold plants and who handed out 50 club brochures. We sold all but about six plants that will be used for raffle in May.
This month our program is about the latest trends in commercial growing, Sid from Gardino Nursery will talk about his Hydro-ponic method for growing Begonias and bonsai care. Gardino Nursey is a friend of our society and has donated several plants to our Begonia Garden located in Mounts Botanical Garden. We should expect an interesting program.
Our Begonia Garden is under a bit of re-construction, thanks to Emily Dempsey, several plants have been grouped together, the B. pink Coccinea hedge has been started, the border plants have been fluffed-up and elevated so that they can be easily seen, and all tall plants have been staked to distinguish them from other begonias. The Trailing begonias are fuller and cover the bare areas and frame the displayed varieties. We will have a workshop in the garden the Saturday following the May meeting staring at 9am, everyone can join in the fun.
See ya at the meeting: please bring a friend, some cuttings of your begonias to share, a plant to exchange or a plant to show.
The Hydroponic Bonsai: Techniques Related to Growing Begonias
Sid Gardino is the owner of Gardino Nursery, which specializes in rare and unusual plants. It is only fitting, then, that his program is a bit unusual: he will teach us how to apply techniques used in hydroponics and bonsai to grow begonias!
You can prune your begonias any time of the year, however right after the bloom cycle is the best time. Proper pruning and shaping of your begonias will determine how your plants will fare and prosper for the rest of the year.
There are several reasons for pruning, they are:
1. To make your begonias more compact and full.
Pruning forces your plants to send up basal growth and to branch. Without this pruning many begonias can grow rangy and tall with little side growth. Pruning is a way of training begonias to grow in a more orderly and pleasing shape.
2. To start cuttings to make more plants.
There are many reasons for starting cuttings, and pruning your begonias is a perfect way to get cuttings and improve your plant at the same time. You can start the cuttings for plant tables and plant sales, to share with other growers, to increase your own collection or to improve and add to the parent plant. Cuttings can be rooted and then potted together with the parent plant to make larger fuller plants.
3. To train your plant to grow a specific way.
To grow begonias as bonsai, standards, trellis or other unusual ways requires attention to pruning to achieve those desired results.
4. To force you begonias to grow to a certain shape.
In order to grow begonias in baskets or as tall specimen plants requires proper pruning to train them. Most begonias grown in hanging baskets do not normally grow in a perfect basket shape. Most have a tendency to grow upright and must be pruned to keep them in a basket shape.
In south Florida, wait to prune until after the winter and spring flowers have finished their fabulous sprays of color. Complete your pruning by the end of May.
Do not prune and re-pot at the same time. This is too much shock for the plant. After you prune and the new growth is about six inches or so, then re-pot.
Re-pot the plant more deeply in the pot to cover your pruning scars and to force more new growth.
President Patrick Dempsey called the meeting to order at 7:30pm.
Thanks to Lee Statkewicz for getting to the building early to hold the room for our meeting.
Thanks to everyone that brought refreshments: Maria Mitsinicos, Suzanne Roberts and Denise Friedlander.
Badge plant Susan Roberts.
Raffle plants Johanna Kitson.
Treasurerís report was given by Frances Drescher, reporting $4,138.13 in the bank.
Guests: Steve Austin and Louise Bing
Patrick as Garden chairman talked about all the Begonias in bloom in the Begonia Garden at Mounts.
Everyone should visit the Begonia Garden to see all in bloom.
We are planning to build a wall of Cane Begonias.Old Business:
A financial review was done on March 6th, reviewing the books were Virginia Jens, Petra Russell and Nancy Cohen. Report was given by Nancy Cohen.
Review included verification of all records and transactions in addition to all transactions over $250.00. The review found and concluded all records and transactions are accurate and meet regulatory requirements.New Business:
Frances was voted volunteer of the month.
Patrick announced the Spring plant sale at Mounts April23rd and 24th. Our society will be selling lots of Begonias including species and hybrids that will grow well in our Florida landscape.
Visit our booth A-10 to buy beautiful and rare Begonias, same area as last year. A sign - up sheet for volunteers was passed around.
Patrick announced that Don Miller a grower in Dallas will be our speaker in November that we give $200 in addition to his speakerís fee to help defray the cost of his trip. Motion was passed.
Patrick talked about proposing a horticultural committee, more information to follow.
Designating one meeting a year for a Show where plants can be judged, more information to follow.
A propagation party is being held on Saturday March 19th at Doris Happelís home. Her begonias will be in peak bloom. A sign up sheet was passed around for members attending this event.
Aprilís meeting speaker will be Jeff Hutchinson from the Bromeliad Society
Patrick introduced our speaker Johanna Kitson she gave a informative presentation on Species Begonias.
Johanna had a display of Begonias in a Terrarium and walked thru how to prepare the Terrarium for planting, the moisture level that it should be, the plants that were chosen in the display and how to care for them on a monthly basis. Fertilize weekly with a weak fertilizer.Respectfully submitted,
BRING A FRIEND TO THE NEXT MEETING