Archive for March, 2010

Annual ECA Chrysanthemum Plant Sale March 27, 2010

Our public plant sale will be March 28th (Saturday) from 9-1:30 at Furney’s Nursery in Des Moines. 21215 Pacific Hwy South is their address. Phone is 206-624-0634.
Early blooming English mums, as well as late blooming varieties will be available. All of our varieties will be represented- incurves, reflexes, spiders, charms, anemones, singles, sprays and cushion mums in every color including green. Come early for best selection. They will be offered in 2 inch pots and will sell for $2.00 each . Membership into the ECA and growing directions will also be available. A mum seminar detailing how to grow beautiful mums may be given at 2:00. Living door prizes will be made available.

Membership into the Association cost only $15 annually and family membership is only $20.New members will be given 10 free plants and a family membership provides 15 free plants. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month starting at 7 and ending at 9 PM.They are held at the Seattle Police Athletic Pavillion at 11030 East Marginal Way South Tukwila.

March Newsletter – Plant Sale Issue

Seattle, Washington
Jim Anshutz, Secretary


MEETING OF THE ECA –THURSDAY, March 11th, 2010, at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila.

TELEPHONE COMMITTEE MEMBERS contact your lists early, as your calls do help to increase attendance, and please mention the plant sale at Furney’s March 27th 9:00 am-1: 30 pm.

DUES – Members are encouraged to pay 2010 dues to Treasurer, Chris Brookes. Annual dues are $15/member or $20/couple. Dues must be paid before or at the March meeting for members to be listed in the clubs 2010 yearbook.

Bill Hough
We are sad to report that Lifetime ECA member Bill Hough passed away on December 11 of last year. Don Yockey noted that Bill was a good mum grower as well as a good friend. There will be a celebration of Bill’s life on Sunday, March 7 from 11:30 to 2:30 at Maritime Pacific Building (his old Hough Marine & Machinery building) at 1111 NW Ballard Way in Seattle. For those of you with a computer, his obituary was published in last weekend’s Seattle Times. You may view it at Bill Hough Obit


Monthly meetings – 2nd Thursday of each month.

Public Plant Sales – Saturday, March 27
From 9am-1pm at Furney’s (21215 International Blvd (S. HWY 99), Des Moines,WA)

Annual Picnic – Sunday, August 15 We will be visiting Volunteer Park Conservatory and Bellevue Botanical Garden followed by lunch at the Pozniaks in NorthBend.

Aki Matsuri- September 11 & 12 at Bellevue College

Fall Chrysanthemum Show – October 29, 30 and 31 at Furney’s Nursery

Annual Fall Banquet – Thursday November 11 At Angelo’s in Burien

MARCH PLANT SALES – The second members only plant sale of the year is at the March meeting, March 11th.

Members are reminded to bring in their extra plants for our March 11 member plant sale and the March 27 public sales. Only healthy looking plants are accepted for the “Sales Events”. For those bringing in plants, also bring in newspaper or a cloth to cover the table if your plants are in an open bottom carrier. This will help the clean up crew when tidying at the end of the meeting.

Don Stark advises that plant selection is a very important aspect of growing competitive plants. Per Don – “You older hands, if you have grown the same cultivar from your own stock with poor results, throw your stock away and buy a plant or two of that cultivar at the plant sale. Select carefully, you want a healthy cutting, and if the grower didn’t think enough of it to put his initials on the tag, go get a different one. Keep looking for the best stock available.” Don also suggests that you come with a list of plants to assist you in your selection.

Our public plant sale will be March 27th (Saturday) from 9-1:30 at Furney’s Nursery in Des Moines (21215 Pacific Hwy South). At least 8 people are needed for Set-Up on Friday March 26th 1:00 pm to about 2:30 pm. On Saturday about 10 people are needed, A sign up list will be taken at the March 11 meeting. You may also call Bob Ewing to let him know if you wish to sign up.


Contact Don Stark for soilless orders for the March meeting.

NEW MEMBERS – Welcome to the new members that joined ECA late in 2009 and early this year 20010. New members receive ten free plants the first growing season. (Couples receive 15 free plants). New Members are encouraged to contact Bob Ewing to be assigned a coach who will provide personalized growing instruction and advice. It is highly recommended that new members take advantage of this membership service. Don’t be shy – give Bob a call!!!

Cultural recommendations are attached for March and will be discussed at the March meeting.

MARCH TO DO LIST (edited from DRS 2-21-05)
· Clean pots and gather materials for potting:
– For soilless growers, supplies include soilless mix, Peters 9-45-15 fertilizer, and optionally, ¼ inch screened pumice, perlite or grit. Most of our growers use the M & R Soilless potting mix sold by the club. Addition of the pumice perlite or grit is not necessary for this stage. Generally the pumice etc. is added for the 9-inch potting. Some also add the pumice to the mixture for the 6-inch potting.
– For McGlashen soil mixes, you will need good garden loam; pumice, perlite or grit; and leaf mold or course greenhouse peat, plus well composted manure, steamed bone meal, slacked or hydrated lime and a good dry rose fertilizer such as 4-10-8. See your copy of the McGlashen book for details.
· Pot mums into 4 or 6-inch pot:
– Clay pots are recommended when possible for the 4 or 6 inch potting as these pots breathe and dry out faster during cool March and April days.
– Wash used pots in a bleach/water solution, i.e. 2 teaspoons per gallon of water. Then rinse in fresh water. Let the cleaned pots set in the clear water for 3 or 4 minutes to clear out the bleach. Change the rinse water occasionally to clear out the bleach from previous rinses.
– Pot on when the ring of roots around the bottom of the pot is substantial. Do not compact the mix and leave room at the top for watering.
· Move pots outdoors:
· After mums have become well established in the new pots (1-2 weeks) move mums outdoors or to cold frame to slow the foliage growth and toughen up the plants. The desirable ambient temperature is 50 to 60 degrees.
· To keep roots warm and at a stable temp, bury the pots in the soil or in a layer of compost or manure. Six inches is a good depth for the compost or manure. A cold frame is the best solution for this stage!
· Lacking a good sunny location, B-9 is a growth retardant spray mix that tends to help plants from getting too leggy. It is available through the club.
· Stopping Dates:
· Review stopping dates and stop mums as their stopping dates arrive. Very few varieties require pinching in March unless a double pinching regimen is being followed (Phil Houghton March 15 and May 15 for example).
· Refer to the various ECA lists of stopping dates. Copies of a stopping date list will be available at the meeting.
· Keep growing vigorously:
· Water as needed, but keep relatively dry
· Spray or control aphids
· Fertilize soil less plants with 9-45-15 or Miracle Grow solution starting the 2nd or 3rd week after potting. Use fertilizer at ½ strength that is approximately ½ teaspoon/gallon.
Begin culling process in March to get to the final growing group. Send surplus
quality plants to plant sales or share with other ECA members. Throw away poor
plants and damaged or diseased plants.


Did you watch the Olympics? What was that Mum?

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics? What is the cultivar?

There’s quite a story behind the Olympic flowers
By Trey Kerby

After every Olympic event, rather than receiving their medals, athletes are given a
bouquet of flowers. At the Beijing Olympics, roses dominated the bouquets. In
Turin, it was rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias. This year, it’s green
mums and hypericum berries.

The bouquets come from Just Beginnings Flowers and Margitta’s Flowers in Surrey, British Columbia.
Their entry was chosen from 58 contending florists. June Strandberg, the bouquet designer and owner of Just
Beginnings, teaches floristry to women who have left prison, are recovering from addiction, or have been victims of violence. It’s a pretty amazing program, and Strandberg has even taken it behind bars, where she educates
convicts. She believes it’s her work with these correctional programs that secured the Olympic contract.

For the Vancouver Olympics the florists made 1,800 bouquets, 1,707 of which will be given to medal-winning athletes in the Olympics and Paralympics. The flowers are grown locally, but they aren’t in season during February, so additional supplies were flown in from Ecuador. The flowers were chosen to represent British Columbia and Canada, and are intended as keepsakes for the athletes.

There are even strict regulations for the bouquets presented at the flower ceremonies. Per IOC protocol, bouquets must be 20 to 30 centimeters tall and about 25 centimeters across. Though these flowers might look like something you give your mom at a homecoming football game, a lot of thought and planning goes into choosing and making these bouquets. When you consider the societal benefits behind these flowers,
it almost makes the bouquets as valuable as the medals.

More info at this link:

What was that Mum?