What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

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What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:24 pm

I know the summer we had depends largely on where in the UK you are, but all in all I'm quite pleased with the growth I got. This topic is to show the before and after the summer season.

I'll start the ball rolling with my Alocasia calidora "John, Kentgardener" clone.

Here it was in May 2009 having just been repotted into a 10 litre bucket with holes drilled in the base.
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It was planted out in it's bucket,as the drain pipe runs under the spot and it would be difficult to dig out again. It has been fed with half strength Wilko wonder-gro, one scoop Miracle-gro lawn feed, per 7 litre watering can once a week and Maxicrop seaweed extract once a month. It was watered several times a week.
Here itis towards the end of August planted out
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This is it after digging the pot out in October. It has grown some :lol:
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Nigel Fear

Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by Nigel Fear » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:40 pm

That;s been growing like the clapperes Dave.
It's going to be hard for anyone to 'Top that'!

Or is it? :?:

themes

Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by themes » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:45 pm

Nigel Fear wrote:That;s been growing like the clapperes Dave.
It's going to be hard for anyone to 'Top that'!

Or is it? :?:
not necessarily..What brief are you using, what do you define as good growth? for example a small seedling may double in size in context to its size that may be 100 percent growth or more.

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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by Nigel Fear » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:54 pm

Point taken Mo. :lol:

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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by pete G » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:22 pm

I also have a John Kent gardener clone of Calidora, but mines sort of multible stemmed, so it not making the large leaves of yours Dave, even so they are big.

Just thought this might be interesting, my basjoo after minus 12 last January:-

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And last week:-

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themes

Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by themes » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:35 pm

just a shame that winter is on its way just when everything is getting going...I feel the same way when I am looking at my gingers and Bananas

dave2166

Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by dave2166 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:49 pm

trying not to be too depressed about the next 3 months, cold wet dark nights, gllomy, snow, frosts, fog ....

but will be doing lots of thinking, planning, buying seeds, planning the campaign of action for the spring...

in the mean time

i've been really pleased with the way the Hedychiums have come on this year
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gingers finally flowered in September
gingers finally flowered in September
gingers starting to get going in May
gingers starting to get going in May
at the end of the season,,, before it i started to reorganise things for 2010
at the end of the season,,, before it i started to reorganise things for 2010

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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by bobbyd44 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:10 pm

some idea of my first year growth alot of cahnges now i know a little more.. plus theres still been more growth at least another foot and ahalf on the basjoo....
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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by themes » Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:34 pm

its full already Bobby..Can't imagine how you can improve on that growth wise next year and how its all going to fit icon_scratch

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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by bobbyd44 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:39 pm

cheers themes just not quite sure its the look i am trying to get.. or if i can in that area!! i realise everything will be taller and larger next year!!fingers crossed.. just a few plants maybe heheeheheh.

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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:11 pm

Next one for me is the Alocasia portadora. The one last year was killed by the long cold winter so I had to replace it. The plant came from Amulree back in early June icon_thumright
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Here it was again in October
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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by themes » Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:19 pm

its certainly looking a better colour, very healthy

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Post by bobbyd44 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:23 pm

is that one staying out dave ??

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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:24 am

Mo, this has had the same Wilko Wonder-gro, Miracle-gro lawn feed (High Nitrogen) and Maxicrop seaweed extract that I gave the A.calidora at the start of the topic. It does green them up :wink:

Rob, I left the big one out last winter and it was the wrong winter to try :roll: . This one will be coming in this winter, but I have a couple of pups coming on as insurance so maybe I'll try again next year. A portadora is one of the tougher ones. They had one at Wisley last year and the leaves were approaching 2m so that is my goal. icon_thumright
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Re: What has 2009 growth been? Before and After Pics

Post by pete G » Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:10 pm

Dave I like that one, it could almost be taken to be a philodendron if you just took a quick look.

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