JANUARY 2022 NEWS LETTER
Happy New year!
2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association.
Reflecting back on 2020 and 2021 we’ve had a few years of challenges and opportunities. We tried some new things including an on line public plant sale, a floral exhibition in the midst of a pandemic, remote meetings and our very first video presentation. We also had the challenge of an unprecedented heat wave, coaching our new members remotely and learning new technology.
I want to thank you all for hanging in there with Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association as we stretch our skillsets, learn from our mistakes and do the best we can to continue the 75 year legacy of our club and propagate the passion we have for growing exhibition chrysanthemums. Looking forward to a great year ahead for our club and our membership.
With this cold snap hovering over the Pacific Northwest, I hope you are all hunkered down safe and warm. Over the course of the past week we had over 17 inches of snow at our house and temps nearing single digits. This is the type of bone chilling weather that will kill our Chrysanthemum plant stools. It is best to store plant stools in a cool, (not frigid) dry place. So we have heaters in our green house keeping the temps just barely above freezing.
January To Do List –
1. Get your stools growing and producing shoots for cuttings. You should have several already producing good shoots for January cuttings
2. Clean up your cutting beds, check temperature sensors overhead lights etc. See Dec. 2020 news letter for details.
3. Lay out your growing plans for the year- What verities and how many you plan to grow. We suggest breaking it down to 3 or four sections i.e. -Large and Mediums (#1s & #2s) -Incurves (#3s & #13s ) -Late Decoratives & Fantasies -Early English and Garden Varieties and -Any special categories you may be growing
4.Plan your pinch dates and starting dates
5. Start the cuttings per your plan; refer to previous notices or your ECA Novice Handbook
6. Collect material you will need when transferring cuttings to next stage; i.e. 21/2 inch cross bottom cubes– M&R mix, or other soilless growing mix, plant labels, growth hormone, B-9 stem growth retardant.
Upcoming Calendar items of interest
Saturday January 8, 2022 10 am – Noon – monthly ECA meeting at Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Zoom meeting will be available. PLEASE NOTE we have found the VPC WIFI to be spotty. We do our best to bring you to the meeting.
Saturday February 12 monthly ECA meeting – DATE CHANGE – cutting university will take place in lieu of the February meeting
Saturday February 26th 10 am – noon – Cutting university at Volunteer Park Conservatory
Saturday March 12, 2022 10 am – Noon – monthly ECA meeting at Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Saturday April 9, 2022 – Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association Annual Public Plant Sale at Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Come grow with us! We are an amateur garden club located in Seattle, WA – specializing in growing and showing garden variety and exhibition Chrysanthemums. Our membership spans the greater Puget Sound region. We invite you to join us and learn to grow these beautiful flowers. We currently meet via zoom the second Saturday of the month at 10 am. Annual membership is $15.00 per person or $20.00 per couple.
Below is a partial list of the varietals grown in our organization.
2021 Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association CULTIVAR PICTURES AND CLASSIFICATIONS