|A TIMETABLE OF ACTIVITIES|
|1st YEAR||2nd YEAR||3rd YEAR|
As early as possible order seed from Seed exchanges etc...|
Check out the Seed Distribution service from NAPS Midland and West.
SOW SEED (ideally in late January or early February) using previously watered good quality seed compost.
Cover seed at first signs of germination with thin layer of vermiculite.
As the days lenghten look out for signs of growth starting.|
When growth is well underway begin light watering and feeding. Use a weak high potash firtiliser like the ones used to grow tomatoes.
|MARCH||Make crosses between earliest flowerers.||
When the first true leaves appear,|
TRANSPLANT SEEDLINGS 40 to a standard seed tray, choosing the strongest.
Continue until you have enough.
ENJOY THE RESULTS OR YOUR LABOURS|
AND MAKE YOUR SELECTIONS
As seedlings start to flower for the first time, ruthlessly discard those that are not good enough.
Promising seedlings that comply with the Show Shedule and are ready at the time of a NAPS Show should be transferred to a 3.5 inch round plastic terracotta coloured pots and shown. Successful seedlings may be named.
Those good seedlings that miss out from being shown or miss out at a show should be labelled with a number and considered with your standard varieties for crossing this year or showing next year. If not used as as a seed bearer then they can be repotted and split either now or in early Autumn.
Inevitably there will be some seedlings that do not flower when they should. The most ruthless of growers will discard them as this is the simplest way of producing and managing a sucession of fresh seedlings every year. If you only have a few seedlings and enough room then give them another year keeping them in their 3" pots until next spring.
The prime month to|
|MAY||Make crosses between late flowerers.|
|JUNE||Feed seed parents with weak high potash feeds.||
As seedlings grow and start to become crowded, selecting only the strongest,
move each seedling into its own inexpensive 3 inch square black pot.
From late Summer they can then be grown like offsets or small plants as described in the guide to growing auriculas keeping them in their 3 inch pots until they have flowered.
Keep the seedling plants growing strongly for as long as possible by light feeding at every watering. Ideally finishing with a low nitrogen feed.
HARVEST SEED. |
Ripen and clean seed.
Store seed at 4OC in fridge.
Sort stored seed. |
Send surplus seed to the Society seed exchanges.
Store own seed at 4OC in fridge until late January or early February next year.
|NOVEMBER||Like all auricula plants the seedlings will go dormant as the days shorten. Keep them on the dry side but not bone dry.|
|DECEMBER||Towards the end of the month send for seed lists from Seed exchanges etc...|
|Labelling and naming|
|Making your own crosses|
|Harvesting the seed|
|Seed sowing and growing on|