Mark your calendars. Our show is set for September 24th!
Preparing Plants for our September Show
Show Timing - Count back form the show date 12 weeks and mark your calendar for these important tips!
Please keep in mind that these dates are not set in stone and does not guarantee that you show plants will be in peak bloom for the show due to differences in growing conditions and culture. You know your plants best so do what works best for you.
12 weeks – June 26
Remove leaves and pot up or pot down any necks. Foliar feed once in addition to your regular fertilizing schedule. Only use fertilizer labeled for foliar feeding. Groom your plants removing any dust and debris.
10 weeks - July 10
Completely disbud all plants except miniatures and trailers. Put one new light tube in each fixture and start "bloom booster" fertilizer formula. Bloom booster fertilizer can be picked up at any garden center and usually has the formula 5-50-17. About 70% of the formula contains phosphorus.
9 weeks - July 17
Increase light by one hour. Disbud heavily variegated varieties and double varieties for the last time. Continue to disbud semi-double stars and singles. Continue to groom, remove any suckers and continue to feed using "bloom booster" fertilizer.
8 weeks - July 24
Increase light by one more hour. Disbud lightly variegated varieties for the last time. Continue to disbud semi-double stars and singles. Continue to groom and remove any suckers; continue to feed using "bloom booster" fertilizer; and foliar feed once more.
7 weeks - July 31
Increase light by one hour. Disbud semi-double stars for the last time. Continue with your feeding program. Most growers use a 12-36-14 or 15-30-15, etc. Continue to groom and remove any suckers.
6 weeks – August 7
Disbud singles for the last time. Check for suckers and wash foliage. Make sure plants are dry before putting them back in natural light. They can be put back wet under fluorescent lights.
1 week – September 19
Remove spent blossoms and any peduncles or pedicel stubs. Check for suckers and groom plants. Use soft brush to remove any debris from leaves. Hide any necks that can’t be potted down or up. Fill in around the neck with damp sphagnum moss.