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Crop 331 Pictures taken in March at the Flowering Shrub Farm in Voorheesville, NY 12186. We propagate and grow for retail sale many hard to obtain roses, lilacs, blueberry bushes, and report how we are doing to potential customers via monthly newsletters (larger plants are usually available for pickup during the plant sale). Click on the picture and it may open a larger version with more detail. 10:13

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In January, February and March we are propagating plants from divisions and root cuttings. The Newsletter I am working on this month is linked above. The pictures below are probably from previous years unless they have been recently over-written.

March and April Lilacs are divided and cut back to around four inches. We use a sawzall to cut the root in half and sometimes into thirds or quarters. Those that come out of dormancy and grow vigorously may be sold mail order or get transplanted into a larger pot and returned to the field.

The Lilacs by Mail picture shows all the plants we had available for mail order as of a date within the picture.

Lilacs that flowered last year but have 3 or fewer stems are cut back to around four inches, especially those that have not been requested mail order. If we get a thicket of upright stems some will be transplanted into larger pots while others may be divided next year.

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In 2012 there was about a week of warm weather around 80 degrees F that made the lilacs flower around 30 days early so we try to compare when certain spring flowering bulbs grow and flower with previous years and be able to determine when Lilacs will bloom this year. We fertilize everything for the first time after the early spring bulbs flower, up to the flowering time for the forsythias. After temperatures are concistantly above freezing I open some of the bags of rooted cuttings to see how they are doing.

The Plant sale begins on May 15 and we first send mail-order the last week of May (mostly lilacs and liners). In winter plants in 7 gallon pots that we take cuttings from are stored pot in pot with their roots surrounded by mulch.

Opened the cold boxes and found nothing badly damaged, some poison baits gone. Pulled out a few of the plastic bags with cuttings inside and they look good so far (one bag had been chewed but the plant inside was OK). The white paper coffee cups you might see in the pictures have poison baits inside.

Last years cuttings were all inserted in plastic bags before being overwintered in the coldbox. On the right, this picture of Ispahan cuttings that I have pealed down the bag to see how its doing (we look for active growth).

On the left, this picture of La Belle Sultane cuttings that I have pealed down the bag to see how its doing (we look for active growth). At least if the stems are green its an indication the cutting is still viable (we will just have to wait for a while to see if it will come out of dormancy).

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People ask me via phone or email about a particular variety, I make a note of it in the newsletter beneath the pictures. Whenever I take more pictures I look for varieties that have been mentioned and if I find them take a picture (later I add a comment beneath telling how many people I have to email back and ask if they still want it). If you see the picture you might email me back and ask about it.

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Alba Rose 'Celeste' in a 45 gallon pot that we use for propagation from cuttings. Agnes Hybrid rugosa rose in a 45 gallon pot that we use to propagate cuttings from and to layer (note the little rootlets indicating that it started producing roots into the snow so it should also have produced some further down where it was intended to).

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This Kazanlik in a 45 gallon pot has obviously been over pruned. But it should provide at least 4 cuttings this year. The company that provided us with pinxterbloom azalea seedlings every year seems to have gone out of business so I will have to keep those I have and grow some from seed and others from cuttings.

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We will have to take the raised bed for 'Fantin Latour' apart to remove these maple trees that have grown up through it. Our source of 'Felicite Parmentier cuttings.

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Leda has a large multiflora growing next to it and so we will probably transplant it sometime. This Monge that we took cuttings from last year will have more taken this year while we neaten it up a bit.

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Note the yellow labels marking those that flowered (some of these get cut back while others are divided). We pot them into 3 gallon pots and place them in the field under drip line. Once they flower I label it with an individually numbered yellow label with the name printed on it using a paint pen. Those that have to few stems are cut back and once they start to grow vigorously may be repotted in a larger pot (probably a 7 gallon or 15 gallon). A few may be planted in 45 gallon pots and used to provide cuttings.

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I took this picture looking over the orchard at the Heldeberg Escarpment.

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I espalier train a few trees every year in 45 gallon pots to be sold some future day when they start producing flowers and fruit. I carry a Kindle Fire with me wherever I go and use it to check my emails at least ten times a day. The on screen keyboard is hard for me to operate but I usually send a short reply followed by a longer reply from the computer when I get home.

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In 2012 due to temperatures around eighty degrees lilacs started to display their flowerbuds as much as one month in advance of the regular time. This may become a problem if there is a return to more normal temperatures below freezing that could damage the buds. I notified my subscribers when we opened early, May first. Send me an email if you wish to subscribe.

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We use foam pipe insulators to protect the stems of espalier trained fruit trees from mice.

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In 2012 due to temperatures around eighty degrees lilacs started to display their flowerbuds as much as one month in advance of the regular time. This may become a problem if there is a return to more normal temperatures below freezing that could damage the buds. I notified my subscribers when we opened early, May first.

People track what I am doing, how plants are growing and what's new by checking the pictures in my free picture-newsletter. I add new pictures of many of the crops of plants we are growing, closeups of flowers, fruit, fall foliage on plants for sale, and pictures of our Nursery Operation, to the most recent picture-newsletter practically every week linked below at NEWSLETTER.

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