Hi All

Our July meeting is Thursday July 11th @ 7 PM at the South Classroom.

Heads-up: The Cross Sound District of Garden Clubs may need 1 or 2 Chrys. Judges at our November 18, 2019 District show, because we plan to have a section on mums………….. This is an opportunity to help at a grade show and carry the message about ECA. Please prepare to discuss at the meeting or you can contact Madeline West for more details.

Please contact Ronnie if you need supplies.

DRAFT Minutes of ECA June Meeting:

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 7:00 pm – 9 pm

Seattle Police Athletic Association

In attendance: Mark Ross, Gerald Quintua, Steve Joyner, Susan Joyner, Ronnie Elliott, Erika Harris, Alva Nishimura, David Rynes, Sydney Ogilvie

Cultural Presentation by Erika Harris

Growing Bonsai

Soil Composition – ½ Cocoa fiber and ½ M&R mix or like

Mix with water to make mud

Remove starting soil and place plant into depression on rock surface

Compress mud around the plant and rock

Wrap in wet newspaper and keep wet for about a week

Spray with liquid fertilizer

Apply B9 weekly to help keep shape 

Growing Cascades

Solzan – Pink

Snow Dome – White

Firefall – Orange – really flexible

Place plant in shallow pot with wire frame attached

Carefully tie plant to frame and continue to train it as it grows.

13 weeks prior to show date cover w black plastic 12 hrs/day to force blooms

There’s a lot more pieces to this.  Secretary will clarify with Erika

Fertilizer education – handout provided for everyone present

Reviewed  June “To Do” List

1) Stopping Dates 

refer to cultivar list on the website for specific cultivar recommended stopping dates

2) Final potting into 8”, 9” or 10“ pots

a) Prepare pots by washing them in a mild Clorox solution (1 Tablespoon per gallon of water) then rinse in clear water.

b) with the goal being to make the plants semi root bound consider placing # 1 & #2 cultivars, 9” max, 8” could be used. #3s, 8” max

c) When potting take place after June 1st consider dropping down one pot size because the roots will not have enough time to fill the larger pots.  

3) Potting up process:

a) Place a piece of broken rock in the bottom of the pot to keep the drain clear. Place about 1-2 inches of dirt in the bottom of the pot. 

b) Add Marathon systemic to control black aphids. 

c) Place the 6” root ball on top of the dirt so that the top of the root ball is 1 to 2 inches below the rim of the pot. 

d) Fill around the root ball and stake in place with a shingle or bamboo stake.

4) Feeding Program

a) After 3 weeks in the final pot start a mid-summer feeding program (1 to 2 Teaspoons of 20-10-20 fertilizer per gallon of water. Watch leaves to gauge fertilizing. If leaves become hard, curled or turned over then you are overfeeding. If leaves are weak and lighter green then more fertilizer would help. If leaves are yellow you are overwatering or there is an iron deficiency.  First try drying plant out. If drying the plant doesn’t help try feeding ½ teaspoon Epsom salts per plant or leaf feed liquid iron. Do not over feed liquid iron. 

Pest Management Program

Review pest management program every 2 weeks. Spray with a fungicide every 2 weeks- Ortho Funginex or Daconil are recommended. Organic fungicides – Neem Oil or Botaniguard

Lateral Control

Side laterals will develop after the final pinch. Select the number of laterals to carry through the summer and remove all other side shoots. Generally the topmost lateral below the stem break is removed, as it is the weakest lateral structurally and easily broken off by accident. At this early stage you should carry 1-2 more lateral than you want at the bloom stage. An old saying goes: “I grow 2 for me and one for the bug.”

Surplus laterals are removed later in the summer using the following guide.
For #1 & #2 cultivars, carry 2 or 3 laterals initially, cull to 1 or 2 in Aug.
For #3 cultivars, carry 5 laterals and cull Sept. or Oct.
For #4 & b#5 cultivars, carry 4 to 5 laterals and cull to 2 to 3 in Sept.
For Earlies (13-15 and 23-25) carry 4-5 laterals and cull to 2-3 in Sept.
For Spiders, Quills, Spoons, Singles etc. follow the guide for #4 and #5.
Note: Cutting back to the few laterals seems to be a most difficult task for the novice. You must do it however if you wish to get large blooms.


By now all plants will require staking. A 16-24 in stake should be placed along the main plant stem and tied to it to support and protect the plant. As the side laterals develop it will be necessary to add longer stakes that can support each lateral all the way to bud development. Care must be exercised so as to not spread the new laterals too far apart when staking, as one or more could be broken off. In other words let the laterals grow till they can be easily tied to the new stakes.

Business Meeting

1) Welcome our New members – Gerald Quintua, Bruce Fischer, Benjamin Bentler

2) Approved May meeting minutes – Gerald Quintua and Erika Harris approved and seconded motion

3) Treasurers report presented by Sydney Ogilvie

June Balance $8497.48

Plant sale balance – $2183.00

4) Old Business

a) Erika found some small boxes on Amazon that we can purchase for 10 cents per box for next years’ plant sale – Erika will order them for the show.

b) Plant sale chairperson – 

c) Missing Trophies – Steve Joyner to research replacements for

Best Bloom Non-Member, 

Best vase of 3 incurves, 

Garden Variety Challenge

d) Replating trophies – Heidi Garman to research – no update at this meeting

e) ECA shirts – Steve Joyner presented shirt information will contact an embroidery company to inquire about their shirt requirements

f) New member coaching assignments – coaching contact information has been distributed to new members

5) New Business

Review show rules for Bonsais and spray categories

ECA 2019 Calendar

Meeting Dates:  All 

Thursday, January 10, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm  

Thursday, February 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, August 8, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Banquet

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

 Trustees Meeting:

Saturday, January 5, 2019 10 AM – NOON

Cutting University (VPC):

Saturday, February 16, 2019   10:00 am -1 pm Confirmed with VPC

Club Plant Sales:

Thursday, March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Public Plant Sale:

Saturday, April 13, 2019  10:00 am – 2 pm Confirmed with VPC

2019 Evergreen Chrysanthemum Show: Confirmed with VPC

Set up: Tuesday, October 29, 2019  

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  

Thursday, October 31, 2019  

Judging:  Friday, November 1, 2019     9 am – Noon  

Friends of the conservatory open house: Friday, November 1, 2019   6 pm to 8 pm

Public Show:  Friday, November 1, 2019     Noon to 4 pm  

          Saturday, November 2, 2019     10 am – 4 pm  

          Sunday, November 3, 2019       10 am – 4 pm  

Clean up:  Sunday, November 3, 2019    4 pm – 6 pm  


Thursday, November 14, 2019  6 pm Location to be determined