Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spring care: part 1 Auriculas in pots.

This is one of the most exciting times of the year in the Auricula calendar.
The Auriculas start to awaken from their winter rest and begin to demand our attention.
When the temperature increases and the Auriculas have defrosted, then it is time to examine your Auriculas. For me, this is usually in late February/March or even in some years not until the beginning of April.
Auriculas with old winter leaves
The first thing to do is to remove all the old and damaged leaves; then if they are dry, give them a little water. Most of mine have not had water for nearly five months; the last time I watered them was in September, since then they have been frozen solid.
Old winter leaves removed & lightly watered
Do not over water; give them just enough water so that they are just moist.
Some of them, particularly those in clay pots, can be very dry and if you try to water them the water runs straight through. I stand them in a saucer of water for a while until they have started to absorb some water.
When the plants begin to show some signs of new growth, I start to feed them.
I use a half strength solution of a liquid general purpose fertiliser.
URBAN showing new growth from the carrot
 If you’ve had your auriculas in a green house, cold frame or in a protected place such as on your balcony, you can now move them to their ‘spring/summer place’, the place where they are going to bloom. I.e. Auricula Theatre, shelves, etc, see displaying your auriculas
EMIL in bud 23 Feb 2013
 Now the flower buds should start to appear. On my plants they usually appear around late March, April to May depending on the weather and the Auricula cultivar. But sometimes as can be seen from these two pictures it can be much earlier, some like to show off and beat the others to bloom first.
JOHAN in bud 23 Feb 2013
They normally bloom in full from May to June, again this depends on the weather and the auricula cultivar, I have some which bloom later and some which re-bloom (remonterar) such as Asbeau.
 I tend to increase the feed strength to a ¾ strength mix for the doubles when buds appear, as I find this helps them to develop their blooms fully.
  Now it is just to enjoy all the beautiful blooms on your auriculas and get up close and smell the delicate scent many of them have.
Ancient Society
 Next week I will write about spring care for auriculas in borders.

1 comment:

  1. Vilka fina auriculas.

    Några av de frön jag satt har börjat visa sig det är så spännande.