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April 2018 Newsletter & Plant Sale Info

Seattle, Washington

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association


If you have NOT paid your dues, please do!! Our Treasurer is Sydney Ogilve – please contact her if you cannot make the meeting on 4-12-2018.

Please note that our April Meeting is Thursday, April 12th at Seattle Police Athletic Association. For directions, please click on the ABOUT ECA tab above. We are now meeting in the North Class Room. This meeting is important as we prepare final details for our Annual Plant sale on Saturday, April 14th. Please bring plants to the April 12th meeting for sale to members. Please note that NOVICES have first preference for plants – Novices please have your coaches help you select plants. Members are reminded to bring in their extra plants for our member plant sale and the public sale. Only healthy looking plants are accepted for the “Sales Events”. For those bringing in plants, please 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.

A huge THANK YOU to our tireless & more prolific growers who have been providing so many plants for so many years to benefit our club. This is how we fund our activites.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE – APRIL 14th at the Volunteer Park Conservatory – 1400 East Galer Street, Seattle, WA 98112 More details and directions at the VPC website “link” above.

Remember to bring your plants in to Volunteer Park Conservatory and help with set up on Friday, April 13th starting at 1 P.M. The Saturday, April 14th public plant sale will be held from 10 A.M. to-2 P.M.

Club Library/Publications Notices Notes

Mark Ross is our Club Librarian. We have a limited collection of excellent reference books and the goal is for Members to take books out for one month only. Thereby we can give as many growers as possible a chance to read and learn from the experiences and knowledge of other growers.


Please contact Ronnie Elliot by Tuesday April 10th for club supply orders including soilless for delivery at the April meeting.

Minutes from March meeting:
March 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes
Meeting Called to order at 7:04 pm
Cultural presentation: Continue taking cuttings through March.
Start gathering growing supplies:
Soil discussion: M&R mix ($7.50/bag) has been the standard ECA potting medium for a number of years. A discussion ensued regarding different soils that members are using. Soil mediums being used by the club members include – professional greenhouse mix, Ocean Forest coconut fiber (does not break down as fast as peat moss), Sunshine 4, garden & gardeners bloom
Steve Joyner reported that Dave Helgeson of VPC recommends potting medium -sunshine 4; Fungicide – Strike; Rooting compound – Woods concentrate
B-9 – a good growth retardant to help plant from getting too leggy. Do not use B9 on plants that tend to naturally grow short- for example – all the Fairweather’s, all the Alexis, Port Stanley
Prepare 4 inch pots for potting up:
Clean clay pots in a very diluted bleach solution (1 teaspoon bleach per gallon of water) or an antibacterial dish soap to kill fungus. If using a bleach solution be sure to rinse pots in water bath after the bleach solution
Once plants are in 4 inch pots they can be moved from the greenhouse to a cold frame to harden them. Don’t leave new start out side overnight without protection.
Start developing your growing plan. Encourage new members to grow 14’s and 15’s, 3’s, 4’s or 5’s – Early English or late decorative plants for greatest satisfaction.
Break for member plant sale perusing and purchasing.
Business meeting:
Present: Kris Stephens, Sue and Steve Joyner, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing, Mas Tamakuni, John Harden, June Kubo, Heidi Garman, Alva Nishimura, Rich and Jill Aldrich, David Rynes, Janet Anderson, Sydnie Ogilvie. We welcomed new participants Lizzy and Jamie
February 2018 meeting minutes approved by Dave Rynes and seconded by Ron Elliott
Treasures report – Sydney Ogilvie – $5997.51. We were about $300 less than last year.
Sydney deposited $452.75 Dues and supplies. More expenses coming up so may move money from savings to checking. May – Non-profit filing. Need to Pay Ron Dunham $120 for web hosting web site
Plant Sale:
Erika printed 1000 plant sale promo flyers for March meeting
Plant sale postcards for public sale need to be sent out by end of March
Bob Ewing brought Photo file of mums for plant sale
Need red solo cups, sand, sticks & black clips for the photos
Mark Ross will locate the plastic picnic basket containing plant sale supplies
Plant sale dates:
April 12th – second ECA member plant sale
April 14th – Public plant sale
We lost several trays at Volunteer Park Conservatory so we will have a third VPC cutting and starting university at VPC on Sun March 11th at 10 am – 2 pm
Connie Mayhew is our 2018 project mum. Everyone is encouraged to grow at least 1 plant.
Community Presentations –
1) East Hill Nursery in Kent asked about scheduling an April chrysanthemum presentation. Bob to ask about hosting a plant sale to coincide with the presentation.
2) Zenith Holland Nursery in Des Moines would also like a chrysanthemum presentation and plant sale.
Karen Hagethy – Brown Point garden club also requested a spring Chrysanthemum presentation May 8th at 1:30 PM. Kris to see if we can change the date to better coincide with our plant sale. Ron to do the presentation
Ron Reported that Marlene Martinez – wants plants gave her plant sale information
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

April 2018 Cultural Notes and To Do List

Here are some notes from our April 2014 meeting about soils and fertilizers by Chris Brookes:

Soil mixes: At the March 2014 meeting I talked about the importance of increasing AIR near the roots and the possibility of adding more Pumice to the soil mix. I grow in a 60% – 40% mix of M & R Soilless and Harvest Supreme Compost. Looking back through all of the cultural notes I see Don has the same mix but has also been adding 1-2 parts more of pumice. I guess I don’t always listen well enough, as Don’s mix is spot on in terms of creating a better soil mix capable of holding more AIR. I’m finally on the same soil track as Don this year.

Next it’s fertilizers where I often seem to have more questions than answers. e.g. If we are using the right fertilizer amounts, why were over 50% of blooms exhibited by some experienced growers fully or partially blown last Fall? ECA has made a several major changes in soil mixes over the last 40 years. I joined the club at a time when we grew almost entirely in M & R mix which has a very fast release of fertilizer. Today’s recommended mix of composts, and M & R soilless has a very much slower release soil. Yet as far as I can tell we still have the same fertilizer recommendations that were developed by Jim Ball and his Brother in Law for soilless mixes in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. Can this be right? FOOD for Thought!!

APRIL TO DO LIST (edited from DRS 3-21-05)

1. Potting on mums into 4” or 6” pots
· Soilless growers who are using the club recommended M&R mix. This mix is ph balanced at 6.5 and contains a good mix of fertilizers that carry the plant for 3-4 weeks. It requires no additives at this time, but some growers like to add a little Alfalfa meal and some additional pumice for increased aeration.
· Soil or compost mixes: See McGlashen mix in the McGlashen Hand Book. You’ll need to mix your own soil, consisting of compost, or garden loam plus slacked Lime or Dolomite to keep soil sweet plus Steamed Bone to promote root growth. Also, ashes and a little Rose and garden fertilizer (i.e. 4-10-8 or 5-10-10) Pumice or grit may be added to loosen the soil mix.
· Wash previously used pots in a mild Clorox bath (bleach), then rinse in clear water.
· Clay pots are recommended for 4 or 6 inch potting as they breathe and dry out faster during cool April days.
· Pot on when a significant ring of roots forms around the bottom edge of the pot (semi root bound). Do not compact the potting mix. Tie plants to small stakes.
2. Move mum pots outdoors as weather warms. Choose a sunny location.
· Bury pots to rim if using clay. Protect from frost, wind, dogs, cats and Children.
3. Review stopping dates. Most ECA cultivars are stopped Between April 15 and May 30.
· Pinch date lists for most club cultivars are on our website CULTIVARS OF ECA. Please let Steve B know if you need a copy at the April 14th meeting. Contact your Coach for other cultivars not on the list.


· Control Aphids. Spray for Aphids every 2 or 3 weeks, with liquid Diazinon, or other insecticides. Water only as needed, do not over water.
· Continue culling process in April to get to your final growing group. The 6” potting should be used for this reduction. Don’t always keep the first plants to reach 6” potting stage. Keep the best cultivars. Share surplus plants with other club members. Throw away damaged or diseased plants.

Fertilize weekly starting the 3rd or 4th week after potting. And the Club Early Fertilizer. Water soluble 10-50-10 Peter’s upper blossom booster is also a good substitute.

(Please note the change in recommendation for starter fertilizer. In 2009, Don Stark indicated that water-soluble 10-50-10, Peters Super Blossom Booster plant food, is available at local garden stores or McLendons Hardware in 1.5-pound bags. The application directions indicate 1 tsp per gallon of water for indoor use. Use this fertilizer as a supplement through the 6” pot stage. Don noted that Peters 20-10-20 will be available for use through the summer growth season.)

Lastly, I would like to suggest a discussion of 2″ square pots we use for NEW plants. Some prefer the pots with the + bands on the bottom – about 50% open. Others seem to favor the pots with the small holes in the corners. What are the benefits of each & why?