Mix for successful Italian C. calceolus


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Abgeschickt von Jonathan P. Tyler am 15 Juni, 2004 um 12:49:56

I have been encouraged to submit the ingredients from which I made a mix for an Italian C. calceolus, given to me in 1997 by Peter Wilson of Bournemouth, UK. I used 70% Seramis, 20% sterilised composted bark, and 10% slightly calcareous, moderately free-draining loam from the topsoil of the chalky boulder-clay where I live in N. Essex. I repotted the plant in 2001 from the 8-inch pot in which it had been to a 60 cm terracotta medium-depth pot, and keep the plant on the north side of a tall barn. I feed it during the growing season only very infrequently, with a mix of rainwater and 10th recommended strength Maxicrop seaweed balanced (5:5:5) Complete Garden Feed. The rest of the time it receives only rainwater. It is unprotected except during the growing season and during the hardest frosts. This year it rewarded me with 31 stems and 42 flowers.

 
  


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