What to do now - Diversions
Take a peek inside a production greenhouse
Ever ponder the origins of all those gorgeous plants at your local garden centre? Here's a behind-the-scenes look!
As the annuals quickly grow, some varieties need to be pinched to prevent them from getting leggy. Once seedlings have developed two true leaves, growers thin the plants by pinching the top shoots. This encourages lateral growth, resulting in a bushier plant. Some varieties of annuals, like dahlia seedlings, get sprayed with a growth regulator three weeks after they emerged, says Bird.
- Page 1: The process of growing annuals
- Page 2: The arrival of the plant plugs
- Page 3: Preparing for cuttings
- Page 4: Monitoring for pests
- Page 5: Controlling the environment
- Page 6: Planting in pots and cell packs
- Page 7: Encouraging growth in seedlings
- Page 8: Watering plants
- Page 9: Ready for business
- Page 10: Choosing star annuals