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December 2018 Newsletter

Greetings All

I hope everyone had mums at their Thanksgiving table!

Our December meeting is Thursday the 13th @ Seattle Police Athletic Association NORTH CLASSROOM @ 7 PM. See our website http://ecamumclub.org under about for a map & directions.

This is an important meeting as we determine officers for the coming year. Nominations are encouraged from the floor at the December meeting for all open officer and trustee positions. It is up to all of us to rotate as officers periodically to provide the club fresh ideas and new perspectives.Please plan to be there to discuss leadership opportunities for next season. We are an all volunteer organization – please step up if you are able.

Our Banquet was held again at Angelo’s in Burien November 15th.  For those who missed the banquet, we will do a brief review of the awards.

We will also discuss how the show went and ideas going forward.

2019 Club Dues
Members are encouraged to pay dues for 2019. Annual dues are $15/member or $20/couple. Checks made out to the ECA or cash should be given to Sydney Ogilvie, current ECA Treasurer.
If you wish to continue receiving the Newsletters and “To Do” Lists, you are encouraged to pay your dues for 2019 by January, so you are not dropped from our Database. The ECA By-Laws, Article 1, states that fees are due no later than the March meeting for members who have paid dues in 2018.

Show Time! November 2018

ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW The E.C.A. annual flower show will be held Friday November 2nd, from Noon – 4 PM and Saturday November 3rd 10 AM – 4 PM & Sunday, November 4th from 10 AM- 4 PM at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street in Seattle. Set-up is from 9 AM – 5 PM, Thursday November 1st for entries & bloom prep from 9 AM – 5 PM. Tear down is Sunday from 4 PM – 6 PM. We must be out of the Conservatory by 3:30 PM Monday November 5th.

A Member-Exclusive Event for FOC and ECA Members

Join us after-hours to kick off the first day of the Fall Mum Show — a weekend to show off the best of the best mums in the region.

Where? Volunteer Park Conservatory’s backyard greenhouse
When? Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 pm
What for? Drinks, Light Snacks, Desserts, Mingling & a Presentation by ECA President (?) Steve Joyner on the judging process.

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET:
Our Annual Banquet is at Angelo’s in Burien, Thursday November 15, 601 SW 153rd, Burien, WA. Come at 6:00 PM for the Social Hour, Dinner at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening with good friends, good conversation and an excellent dinner.
Put it on your calendar – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15th 6-9 PM. Dinner choices this year are beef, Chicken Parmigiana, or a Vegetarian Lasagna. Please note if you wish Gluten Free and you will be accommodated. Dinner this year will cost $25.00/person and includes salad, bread, coffee or tea and Spumoni Ice Cream. A sign-up sheet where you list your meal preference will be available at the October meeting as well as at VPC during the Flower Show. Please pay the $25.00/person dinner cost to Sydney Ogilvie at the October meeting (checks made out to ECA). Please sign up by the end of the show (November 4th). If you have any questions regarding the Banquet, contact Steve. Also: PLEASE remember to BRING your late maturing blooms for display at the ECA awards dinner.

October 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Notice

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association

SHOWTIME!

MEETING OF THE ECA – is scheduled for THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2018 at
7:00 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. We are meeting in the classroom, to the north of the big hall. This is an important meeting as we develop plans for our annual mum show and confirm plans for our award banquet.

Notes aka Minutes from our September meeting:

Erica wa going to follow up on obtaining additional vases for multiple bloom entries. There has been correspondence back and forth on that over last few days.

Discussed the show and staging house availability noting that Steve J was going to follow up with David H.

Discussed set up

Discussed judging time on Friday. Mark R was to contact potential judges. David R has agreed to judge. Mark R will follow up with Mas and John Harden. Will do so this week.

Went over the show tear down time on Sunday afternoon

Go with 3 judges and 6 to 8 judges assistants. Will ask for assistant sign ups in Oct mtg

Ronnie agreed to be Chief Show Steward

Publicity – Erika was going to forward file to Lizzie and Lizzie was going to oversee getting 1000 handbills

Hospitality was deferred to October meeting

Show set up was agreed to use last year’s lay out

Assumed Steve J was going to oversee show scoring and recording

Set up materials and supplies were stored at Conservatory

Ribbons were not discussed, John H had ordered in past from Regalia not sure how was handled last year
Entry tags not discussed, not sure where those are. Imagine we need to print up some more

Show rules were not updated in 2018. Need to probably print up 20 to 30 copies. I no longer have soft copy and my hard copy is dated Oct 2008. It seems there may have been another update in 2011 or thereabouts but not finding at moment.

Membership Applications, Plant Sale Cards, Meeting Directions will need follow up Oct meeting
Luncheon, Sandwiches, Condiments Defer to Oct

McGlashen Books – Mark R confirmed he has large stash of those books. Will bring to Oct meeting

Asked Sydney to update listing of paid members for 2018 so I members will know their entry number for the show. Need to check with her to see if she has done that.

ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW The E.C.A. annual flower show will be held Friday November 2nd, from Noon – 4 PM and Saturday November 3rd 10 AM – 4 PM & Sunday, November 4th from 10 AM- 4 PM at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street in Seattle. Set-up is from 9 AM – 5 PM, Thursday November 1st for entries & bloom prep from 9 AM – 5 PM. Tear down is Sunday from 4 PM – 6 PM. We must be out of the Conservatory by 3:30 PM Monday November 5th.

At our October meeting we will discuss details for setting up our show, entering blooms/plants and handling the mechanics of judging and staffing our event. We need all members to attend and volunteer to help with the Show even if you don’t have any flowers to enter. In addition to show set up on Wednesday, we need Judge’s Helpers on Friday and Hosting on Saturday, and Sunday. The Show provides a great way to get to know Club members and learn more about Chrysanthemums. Sign up sheets for this work will be at the meeting.

If you have any questions about the show, please contact Ron Elliott our Show Steward. We’ll have copies of the show rules, entry form and name tags for the show at VPC (and hopefully at our October meeting.)

TROPHIES
Last year’s Trophy winners please bring your clean trophies and give them to Ron Elliot who will prepare them for this year’s Awards Banquet. If you have not given him your trophy yet, please contact Ron to make arrangements.

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET:
Our Annual Banquet is at Angelo’s in Burien, Thursday November 15, 601 SW 153rd, Burien, WA. Come at 6:00 PM for the Social Hour, Dinner at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening with good friends, good conversation and an excellent dinner.
Put it on your calendar – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15th 6-9 PM. Dinner choices this year are beef, Chicken Parmigiana, or a Vegetarian Lasagna. Dinner this year will cost $25.00/person and includes salad, bread, coffee or tea and dessert. A sign-up sheet where you list your meal preference will be available at the October meeting as well as at VPC during the Flower Show. Please pay the $25.00/person dinner cost to Sydney Ogilvie at the October meeting (checks made out to ECA). Please sign up by the end of the show (November 4th). If you have any questions regarding the Banquet, contact Steve. Also: PLEAES remember toBRING your late maturing blooms for display at the ECA awards dinner.

Plant culture The October meeting will be devoted to the care and how to prepare your mums for the show. Cultural recommendations are attached. With possible rain or showers, consider your sheltering options for your plants.

December Meeting – ELECTIONS OF NEXT YEAR’S CLUB OFFICERS:

We’re rapidly approaching the time once again to volunteer & vote for the 2019 ECA Board of Directors/Officers. Recent members are encouraged to fill positions and get involved; seasoned club members will provide assistance. Members will vote on new Officers during our Dec. 13th meeting.

October ECA Newsletter Inputs, To-Dos and others

Supplies:
We will have available the usual assortments of ties, 4’ 6” and 16” ties, and LATE Fertilizer. If you need any soil, and some soils for the all important top dressing.
You’ll need to continue supplementing you feed with sulphate of Potash.. It’s available in many garden stores in 1-2 lb bags so you can obtain the potash that way.

Show Materials:

Show materials will be available at the October meeting and at the show site. You will need: -Entry forms where you list all the entries you make at the show, -Bloom tags, and a -Show Rules book which guides you as to how and where you can enter your blooms. You might want to start with appendix 2 of the show rules as it is an overview of where you may enter your various blooms. i.e. It starts With Large Exhibitions (Class#1) and shows the various places you can enter #1 blooms. Then it shows the same for #2s, #3s etc. After you understand all the places available for entering your blooms, then you return to the show Catalogue page 7 and start filling out your entry forms and tags.
We will have several copies of the show rules book at the meeting. You should have received a copy of the show rule in the past couple of years, but in case you have misplaced it we will have replacements available.
Show vases are provided at the show site, but you must provide your own waterborne carrier system to get the blooms to the show.
An updated copy of “Chrysanthemum Judging For the ECA Show-2013” has been posted on the web site. You should study this to understand what the judges are looking for when they judge the blooms: hence for instance, if you have petal rot on a petal or two you should remove those petals.
Reclassification of varieties for 2012-2013 per the Ncs:

-Mt. Shasta has been Reclassified from section 1 to section 2–show this year as section 2.
-Keith Luxford has been reclassified from section 2 to section 1–Show this year as a section 1.
-All Fairweathers have been reclassified as section 5. –Show this year as a section 5. However per
published NCS rules, some #5s can be shown as #3S, but will be judged on the standards for #3s
-Connie Mayhew has been reclassified from a #5 to a #2. Since our ECA list of exceptions allows showing
Connies as #2s or #5s nothing changes.
-Lilly Gallon has been reclassified from #5 to #2.—Show this year as either a #5 or a #2.

September 2018 Meeting Notice and NEWSLETTER

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org

Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY September 13, 2018 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site, small classroom at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila.

SEPTEMBER MEETING – Please, please, please, come to the meetings in September and October! These are very important meetings as we begin to prepare for our annual show at Volunteer Park Conservatory which will take place on November 2,3, & 4, More details at the meeting. This will be our second show at VPC. Many hands make light work – please try to help out if you are able.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mark your calendars for the following events:
National Chrysanthemum Society Show in Reston, VA October 25-28
For more details, see: http://www.mums.org/2018-national-convention-and-show/
Awards Banquet at Angelo’s in Burien November 15th, 2018.

PLANT CULTURE and SUPPLIES: – The September meeting will devote time to the care and feeding of the blooms as they develop. Place supply orders for specific items with Ronnie by Monday September 10th. With possible rain or showers consider your sheltering options for September as we move to the latter part of the growing season.

Draft Minutes from August 9th ECA Meeting:
Aug 9th, 2018 ECA meeting minutes

Present: Mark Ross, Steve & Sue Joyner, Erika Harris, Sydney Ogilvie, Alva Nishimura, Satoshi Nakayama

Cultural presentation: Reviewed the following topics.

Staking:
Stake up the individual laterals you wish to save so that they won’t accidentally break off in wind and rain. You will need stakes between 3 and 5 feet. Fasten the laterals to the stakes with 4-6 inch twist-ems. Take care to place the stakes vertically straight in the pot. The main lateral joint is a weak spot on the plant. Placing stakes at an angle will pull at this joint and possibly split the plant apart. Vertical staking better supports the weak joint.

Taking the bud:
From late July to late August the terminal buds will start to appear on your laterals followed by a ring of smaller laterals just below the main bud. Once the terminal bud is the size of a small pea the ring of laterals must be removed. This process is called “taking the bud”. Allow the ring of buds develop to about 1/4 inch before removing them so you don’t damage the terminal bud. To remove these ring of laterals simply push them sideways with your thumb and they will easily break off. Do not pinch them off

Top Dressing:
Top dress pots in late July or early August and again when the buds show color (usually Sept 1 to 15). Spread 1 to 2 handfuls of your final potting mix on each pot. This gives the upper roots a better growing environment. This will also promote new growth from the root ball for next years’ plants.
When buds start to show color they should be brought under cover. At this point any moisture or dew will discolor or mildew the bloom

Lateral Control:
Continue to carry 1-2 more laterals than you want at bloom stage. Surplus laterals are removed later in the summer using the following guide: For #1 &#2 cultivars – carry 2 0r 3 laterals initially and cull to 1 or 2 in Aug.
For #3 cultivars – carry 5 laterals and cull in Sept or Oct For #4 & #5 cultivars – carry 4 to 5 laterals and cull in Sept. For earlies (13-15 and 23-25) carry 4 to 5 laterals and cull to 2 or 3 in Sept. For quills, spiders, spoons and singles follow the guide for #4 and #5 cultivars.

Fertilizing regimen:
Continue with mid-season fertilizing regimen (1 to 2 teaspoons of 20-10-20 fertilizer per gallon of water) until you start to see color on the bud. Watch leaves to gauge fertilizing. If leaves become hard or curled then you are overfeeding. If leaves are weak and light green then more fertilizer would help. If leaves are yellow try drying them out. If drying the plant doesn’t help then try feeding 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salts per plant or leaf feed with liquid iron. Do not over feed with liquid iron.

Pest Management:
Continue to review your pest management program every one to two weeks. You need to keep the plants free from black aphids, other bugs and fungal diseases especially before the blooms open. Use a systemic such as Marathon to control aphids. Monitor for other bugs such as leaf hoppers, earwigs, capsid bugs and leaf rollers. These bugs should be picked off the plants or they will invariably ruin the bud. A product called Seven when sprinkled around the roots can be effective in controlling earwigs.

Disease control:
Continue fungal control program through the summer and fall. Spray plants regularly with fungicide. Recommend Ortho Funginex or Diaconal.

Business Meeting minutes:

July Meeting minutes were approved by Mark Ross and Erika Harris
Treasure’s report presented by Sydney Ogilvie
Checking: $2864.94
Savings: $4063.51
Cash $283.74
Total: 7212.19

Sydney led a discussion of the use of the square to take credit card purchases at the plant sale. Due to the expense of setting one up for one day she recommends finding one to borrow for the plant sale.

Multiple bloom vases for late decorative, early English and vases of 3 show entries
Club would like to order 4 dozen green vases with approx. 5 inch rim. Need to contact Floral supply in Georgetown. I was unable to locate anything regarding the use of oasis in the show vases

Steve Joyner picked up late-season fertilizer at Stueber’s and brought it to the meeting.

Steve Joyner brought shingle stakes to the meeting

Steve Joyner to pick up mid-season fertilizer and bring it to next meeting

Dates to remember:
Show location Volunteer Park Conservatory
Show dates: Nov 2nd noon to 4 pm; Sat and Sunday Nov 3rd and 4th 10 am to 4 pm
Plant deliveries to back green house: Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday Nov 1st between
10 am and 3 pm
Show set up: Thursday Nov 1st between 4 pm and 6 pm
Judging: Friday, Nov 2nd between 9 am and noon
Show breakdown: Sunday, Nov 4th 4pm to 6 pm

Banquet date: Thursday Nov 15th at Angelo’s in Burien
6:30 no host bar, 7 pm dinner

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

Additional information- please note
President, Kris Stephens, has resigned her position as Evergreen Chrysanthemum association president. Best wishes to Kris!
According to the ECA by-laws, Steve Joyner, ECA vice president will lead the meetings for the remainder of the year.

August 2018 Meeting Notice & Newsletter

There WILL be an August meeting on Thursday August 9th in the small classroom at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila.

I am sad to report that Mary Lou Ewing passed away July 14, 2018. Please keep Bob in your thoughts and prayers. They had moved to Village Green in Federal Way June first.

Here are the minutes from the July 12th meeting of ECA:
July 12, 2018 ECA meeting minutes

Present: Ron Elliott, Marc Ross, Steve & Sue Joyner, Rich and Jill Aldrich, Erika Harris, David
Rynes, Sydney Ogilvie, John Harden, Alva Nishimura, Janet Anderson

Cultural presentation: Great discussion on the following topics. Steve Joyner brought some plants in to demonstrate taking the bud and lateral control.

Potting on:
At this point all mums should be in their final growing pot. If you are not in the final growing pot by July consider leaving them in the 6 inch pot. You will likely get better blooms by keeping them root bound.

Staking:
Stake up the individual laterals you wish to save so that they won’t accidentally break off in wind and rain. You will need stakes between 3 and 5 feet. Fasten the laterals to the stakes with 4-6 inch twist-ems. Take care to place the stakes vertically straight in the pot. The main lateral joint is a weak spot on the plant. Placing stakes at an angle will pull at this joint and possibly split the plant apart. Vertical staking better supports the weak joint.

Taking the bud:
From late July to late August the terminal buds will start to appear on your laterals followed by a ring of smaller laterals just below the main bud. Once the terminal bud is the size of a small pea the ring of laterals must be removed. This process is called “taking the bud”. you need to let the ring of buds develop to about 1/4 inch before removing them so you don’t damage the terminal bud. To remove these ring of laterals simply push them sideways with your thumb and they will easily break off. Do not pinch them off

Top Dressing:
Top dress pots in late July or early August and again when the buds show color (usually Sept 1 to 15). Spread 1 to 2 handfuls of your final potting mix on each pot. This gives the upper roots a better growing environment. This will also promote new growth from the root ball for next years’ plants.
When buds start to show color they should be brought under cover. At this point any moisture or dew will discolor or mildew the bloom

Lateral Control:
Continue to carry 1-2 more laterals than you want at bloom stage. Surplus laterals are removed later in the summer using the following guide: For #1 &#2 cultivars – carry 2 0r 3 laterals initially and cull to 1 or 2 in Aug.
For #3 cultivars – carry 5 laterals and cull in Sept or Oct For #4 & #5 cultivars – carry 4 to 5 laterals and cull in Sept. For earlies (13-15 and 23-25) carry 4 to 5 laterals and cull to 2 or 3 in Sept. For quills, spiders, spoons and singles follow the guide for #4 and #5 cultivars.

Fertilizing regimen:
Continue with mid-season fertilizing regimen (1 to 2 teaspoons of 20-10-20 fertilizer per gallon of water) until you start to see color on the bud. Watch leaves to gauge fertilizing. If leaves become hard or curled then you are overfeeding. If leaves are weak and light green then more fertilizer would help. If leaves are yellow try drying them out. If drying the plant doesn’t help then try feeding 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salts per plant or leaf feed with liquid iron. Do not over feed with liquid iron. John Harden reported that Yellow knight thrives of foliar feedings.

Pest Management:
Continue to review your pest management program every one to two weeks. You need to keep the plants free from black aphids, other bugs and fungal diseases especially before the blooms open. Use a systemic such as Marathon to control aphids. Monitor for other bugs such as leaf hoppers, earwigs, capsid bugs and leaf rollers. These bugs should be picked off the plants or they will invariably ruin the bud. A product called Seven when sprinkled around the roots can be effective in controlling earwigs.

Disease control:
Continue fungal control program through the summer and fall. Spray plants regularly with fungicide. Recommend Ortho Funginex or Diaconal.
Business Meeting minutes:

June Meeting minutes were approved by Steve Joyner and Erika Harris
Treasure’s report presented by Sydney Ogilvie
Checking: $2998.99
Savings: $4063.12
Cash $132.24
Total: 7194.35
Sydney is researching the use of the square to take credit card purchases at the plant sale. There are options to purchase or rent. She is reviewing the fine print to determine which option is best. Sydney presented a list of the April pant sale top sellers.

16 purple light 7 Billy Bell 3 Pot Black
15 Corngold 5 Quan 3 Purple Prince
15 Fairwether 4 Mount Rainier John Hughes
10 Lava 4 Heather James Crimson Glory
9 Cheasapeak 4 Lancaster Fold Morning Star
9 Pineapple 4 Patricia Grace

Multiple bloom vases for late decorative, early English and vases of 3 show entries
Discussion about vase size and color would like to order 4 dozen green vases with approx. 5 inch rim. contact Floral supply in Georgetown. Need to check bylaws to see if we can use oasis in show vases.

Steve Joyner to pick up Late season fertilizer at Stueber’s for next meeting.

Steve Joyner to bring shingle stakes for next meeting

Dates to remember:
Show location Volunteer Park Conservatory
Show dates: Nov 2nd noon to 4 pm; Sat and Sunday Nov 3rd and 4th 10 am to 4 pm
Plant deliveries to back green house: Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday Nov 1st between
10 am and 3 pm
Show set up: Thursday Nov 2nd between 4 pm and 6 pm
Judging: Friday, Nov 2nd between 9 am and noon
Show breakdown: Sunday, Nov 4th 4pm to 6 pm

Banquet date: Thursday Nov 15th at Angelo’s in Burien
6:30 no host bar, 7 pm dinner

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm

Please see July & August Cultural Notes and to Do List, although the discussion above pretty much nails it!!

July 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Notice

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org

Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

HAPPY SUMMER GROWING SEASON!

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY JULY 12, 2018 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. We are meeting in the North Class Room now.

Please note OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
Puyallup Fair – August 31 to September 23 Click here for more info: Washington State Fair Info
It looks like 3 classes – 1749, 50 & 51 for mums on page 9.

2018 NCS US National Show & Convention at Sheraton of Reston Virgina. October 25-28, 2018.
Details here

ECA Fall Show at Volunteer Park Conservatory – November 2nd, 3rd & 4th (with set up on Oct 31, Bloom Prep. Nov 1 & Judging Friday November 2.

Awards Banquet at Angelos– November 15.

SUPPLIES
-We will be making our last run for M&R soilless mix this month. Our next delivery will probably be in Jan. 2019, so be sure to order what you will need to carry you through this year. (You’ll need some for top dressing).

The following supplies will be available at the July meeting to support your final potting on.
Pre-Orders from Speciality Soils
– M&R Mix $6.25 per 1 cu ft. bag -Call Ronnie by Tues, July 11th with your order.
– Pumice (coarse) $4.00 per 1 cu ft. -Call Ronnie by Tues with your order
– Farmyard Manure $ 2.25 per 1 cu ft. -Call Ronnie by Tues with your order

Other Club supplies available
– Mid Season Fertilizer, 20-9-20+ Use this two weeks after final potting to 9″ or 8″.
– Early Season fertilizer, 12-45-10
Marathon 1% Systemic Insecticide (For control of black aphids)
-Twistems of various lengths
-Name tags-

June 14, 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes

Present: Steve Joyner, Sue Joyner, Mark Ross, Erika Harris, Satoshi Nakayama, Lizzie Whetstone
Cultural presentation:

Steve Joyner provided education of the 3 numbers listed on fertilizer packages and how they affect plant growth.
These numbers represent the percentage (by weight) of the three major nutrients required for healthy plant growth – nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K). Each of these nutrients affects plant growth differently.

The first number is nitrogen. A bag of 24-8-4 has 24 percent total nitrogen. Nitrogen provides plants with the ability to produce more chlorophyll, which in turn allows plants to grow quickly. With each additional nitrogen application, plants will grow taller and develop a darker green color.

The second number is phosphorus. A bag of 24-8-4 would contain 8 percent phosphorus. Phosphorous aids in root development and increases flowering ability and bloom size. High-phosphorous fertilizer should be used when plants are being established.

The third number is potassium. A bag of 24-8-4 has 4 percent potassium. Potassium guards the plant against diseases and aids in drought protection and cold tolerance. It also serves a role in improving root development and helps in the process of photosynthesis.

How does this translate to the fertilizers we use?

Early season fertilizer 12-45-10 is high in phosphorus which promotes strong root development
Mid-season fertilizer 20-9-20+ promotes overall growth, disease protection, root development & color
Late season fertilizer 4-18-38 is high in potassium which promotes root and top growth and keeps plants healthy and balanced.

Discussed Stopping Dates – most plants are stopped April 15th through June 1st – refer to cultivar list on the website for specific cultivar stopping dates.

Steve Joyner demonstrated potting up from 6 inch to 9 inch pot.
Place a piece of broken pot in the bottom of the pot to keep the drain clear.
Place about 1-2 inches of dirt in the bottom of the pot.
Add Marathon systemic to control black aphids.
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.
Fill around the root ball and stake in place with a shingle or bamboo stake.

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.

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 or curled then you are overfeeding. If leaves are weak and lighter green then more fertilizer would help. If leaves are yellow try drying them 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.

Review pest management program every 2 weeks. Spray with a fungicide every 2 weeks- Ortho Funginex or Daconil are recommended.

Soil discussion:
Final potting mix – cultural notes recommendation – M&R Soilless-6 parts, Compost or loam-4 parts, coarse pumice-1 part, Horse manure-1/2 part, Alfalfa Meal- a hand full.

Lateral Control discussion:

At this early stage you should carry 1-2 more lateral than you want at the bloom stage.

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.

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.

Staking discussion:

During final potting stage a 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. Do 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:
May meeting minutes were approved by Steve Joyner and Mark Ross
Treasurers report:
Total Savings & Checking (as of 6/13/18)
$6,342.11
Cash on Hand (as of 6/13/18)
$172.24

Fall Show dates changed:
A motion to change the show dates was proposed and approved. (The national show is the last weekend in October):
Plant deliveries to back greenhouse, Wednesday Oct. 31, Thursday Nov. 1 between 10am and 3pm
Show set up/prep Thursday Nov. 1 from 4pm to 6pm (or later as needed)
Judging Friday Nov. 2 from 9am to 12pm. Open to Public at 12pm (open house that evening?)
Show Open Saturday 3 and Sun 4 10am to 4pm
Show take down Sunday Nov. 4 from 4 – 6pm

Banquet date and location:
Due to the show date changes a motion was proposed and approved to change the Banquet date. Additionally, based upon information provided by Steve Backstrom the banquet location was selected.

Banquet date: Thurs Nov 15th at Angelo’s in Burien
6:30 pm no host bar; 7 pm dinner

Multiple bloom vases for show for late decorative entries, early English, vases of 3
A discussion ensued about purchasing glass vases for multiple bloom show entries.
Criteria:
5inch rim
Quantity: 3 to 4 dozen vases
Sue to investigate and provide a recommendation of vase and price at next meeting

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

June 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Notice

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY June 14th, 2018 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site; 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. June is a particularly busy month in growing mums so hope you can attend the meeting and bring your questions!

The following supplies will be available at the June meeting to support your final potting on. Call Ronnie right away if you need soils
Pre-Orders from Speciality Soils
– M&R Mix 1 cu ft. bag
– Pumice (coarse) 1 cu ft.
– Farmyard Manure 1 cu ft.

Other Club supplies available
– Mid Season Fertilizer, 20-9-20+ You’ll need this once you have potted on to the final pot-9″ or 8″
– Early Season fertilizer, 12-45-10
– Marathon 1% Systemic Insecticide (For control of black aphids)
-Twistems of various lengths
-Plant tags

May 10, 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes
Present: Anne Schreibe, Steve Backstrom, Kris Stephens, Sue Joyner, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing, Rich and Jill Aldrich, Sydney Ogilvie

Cultural presentation:
Discussed Stopping Dates – most plants are stopped April 15th through June 1st – refer to cultivar list on the website for specific cultivar stopping dates.
Final potting into 8”, 9” or 10“ pots
Prepare pots by washing them in a mild Clorox solution (1 Tablespoon per gallon of water) then rinse in clear water.
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. Add Marathon systemic to control black aphids. 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. Fill around the root ball and stake in place with a shingle or bamboo stake.
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.
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 or curled then you are overfeeding. If leaves are weak and lighter green then more fertilizer would help. If leaves are yellow try drying them 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.
Review pest management program every 2 weeks. Spray with a fungicide every 2 weeks- Ortho Funginex or Daconil are recommended
Member Plant Sale – ****2018 project mum is Connie Mayhew. Everyone is encouraged to grow at least 1 plant.

Business meeting:
April meeting minutes were approved by Steve Backstrom and Mark Ross
Sydney Ogilvie gave treasurers report – $6578.48 total

Review of VPC plant sale:
Revenue from plant sales: approx. 1400
Critique of plant sale:
Layout and flow of lower greenhouse location – challenging to get people to other building; the plat pictures and layout worked well.
Suggestions for next year:
a) get Cisco to broadcast at plant sale;
b) use I-phone square for credit card sales;
c) historically there were two plant sales; early and late. Suggested that we should go back to that format. Perhaps a north and south plant sale location.
d) public purchases different plants than we grow- need to focus on plants public will purchase.
Looking ahead:
Fall show needs a set up person. Ron will be attending the national show which is scheduled the same weekend as our show.
Fall Show date – We and Thurs, October 24th – 25th setup; Fri – Sun, October 26th -28th fall mum show at VPC(this will be discussed at meeting)
Annual awards banquet – Thursday Nov 8th.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm

May 2018 Newsletter & Meeting Notice

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org
Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

HAPPY SPRING !

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY MAY 10th, 2018 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site; 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. We meeting the small north class room.

Dues for 2018
“Last call – fair warning”. Please pay up, if this has not been done yet, or you cannot enter your blooms in our show in November.

PLANT CULTURE and SUPPLIES

Please contact Ron NOW for soilless and any other supply needs at the May meeting.

Please bring any left over plants to the May Meeting as some members may still want some cultivars.

April 12, 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes
Present: Kris Stephens, Sue Joyner, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing, June Kubo, Rich and Jill Aldrich, David Rynes, Heidi Garman, Mas Tamekuni, Sydney Ogilvie, Lizzy Whetstone, Janet Anderson, Satoshi, Nakayama,
Cultural presentation:
Member Plant Sale – ****2018 project mum is Connie Mayhew. Everyone is encouraged to grow at least 1 plant.

Business meeting:
February meeting minutes were approved by David Rynes and Rich Aldrich
Sydney Ogilvie gave trasurers report – $5948 total

Plant sale preparation:
Set up:
See Plant sale notes
Plant sale:
1) Sort starts by plant and variety with picture behind varietal
2) Sydney to bring money box
3) Publications for distribution
a) Welcome letter
b) Membership applications
c) Fall mum show reminder post cards
d) Fall show dates
e) Monthly meeting location directions
f) Growing instructions
4) Boxes for sale starts
5) Watering can
6) No tax on plant sales
7) Volunteers
a) Cashiering
b) Greeters
c) Rovers
Plant sale beak down:
After 2 pm –

Additional plant sales and presentations:
1) Bob Ewing – East Hill Nursery 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.
3) Karen Hagethy – 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
4) Portland Avenue Nursery in Tacoma has reached out to ECA – interested in hosting a plant sale, presentation, show at their facility – Kris to get more information
5) Jill Aldrich garden club also interested in getting some plants
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm

April 2018 Newsletter & Plant Sale Info

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association

HAPPY EASTER!!

DUES
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.

Our NEXT MEETING OF THE ECA IS OUR MEMBER PLANT SALE!!! IMPORTANT!!!!
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.

CONTACT FOR SUPPLIES

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

March 2018 Meeting Notice & Newsletter

March 2018
Newsletter
EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association


Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

MARCH ECA NEWSLETTER
MEETING OF THE ECA –THURSDAY, March 8th, 2018 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. REALLY! We are in the North Class Room

DUES – Members are encouraged to pay 2018 dues to Treasurer, Sydney Ogilvie. Annual dues are $15/member or $20/couple. Dues must be paid before or at the March meeting for members to be listed in the clubs 2018 yearbook.

Minutes from the ECA Meeting Thursday February 8th:
February 8, 2018 ECA Meeting Minutes
Cultural presentation:
Continue taking cuttings through February and March. A few early February cuttings can be available for the March meeting. Most Feb and March cuttings should be early English and American varieties. Late decorative classes – 4, 5, 14 and 15 should be started in February. Take cuttings for yourself and for the plant sale.
About 4 weeks after taking your cutting the root will be developed enough to start fertilizing with an early mum fertilizer, Peters 9-45-15 or plant Marvel 12-45-10. Dispense one teaspoon per gallon once a week.
B-9 – a good growth retardant to help plant from getting too leggy. Caution – do not use B9 on plants that tend to naturally grow short- for example – all the Fairweathers, all the Alexis, Port Stanley
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.
Business meeting:
Present: Kris Stephens, Sue Joyner, Alva And Dennis Nishimura, Richard Thompson, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing, June Kubo, Rich and Jill Aldrich, David Rynes
Bob Ewing brought a get-well card for Janet Ross recovering from eye surgery
Connie Mayhew is our 2018 project mum. Everyone is encouraged to grow at least 1 plant.
Mark brought and distributed the potting flats
Trustees meeting scheduled for 2/10/18 @ 10 am
Bob Ewing – East Hill Nursery asked about scheduling an April chrysanthemum presentation. Bob to ask about hosting a plant sale to coincide with the presentation.
Karen Hagethy – 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
Second VPC cutting and starting university scheduled for Saturday February 24th 10 am – 2 pm
Plant sale dates:
March 8th ECA member plant sale
April 12th – second ECA member plant sale
April 14th – Public plant sale from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Volunteer Park Conservatory
Plant sale postcards for public sale need to be sent out by end of March
Erika to print 500 plant sale promo flyers for March meeting
Bob Ewing has PVC bloom holders he would like to gift to someone. They fit in his Saturn SUV

Minutes from the ECA Trustees Meeting:
2/10/2018
ECA Trustees meeting
VPC:
David Helgeson has committed to helping us grow mums. To help us keep our club viable and continuing the cultivars. VPC involvement may help get more folks educated, involved and keep the integrity of the plants.
Coaches:
We need to revive the coaching concept. Kris would like to provide a coach flyer at the plant sale to encourage buyers to join the club. The idea of a novice-coach time during our meetings was encouraged
Current Coaches – Steve Joyner; Dave Rynes, Bob Ewing, Mark Ross, Ron Elliott
Novice handbook – Review, update and distribute at the April plant sale and on line.
Trophies – Do we need additional? Retire? Update? There are retired trophies. Sue to talk to Larry about trophy history and locate a list of trophies
Cultural emphasis:
Emphasize growing good flowers not gearing toward the show. Grow for Friends, Family, Neighbors and the show. Need to let folks know what’s easy vs hard to grow. Cultural notes are currently geared toward growing 1’s and 2’s. Need to consider adding cultural notes for other classes. 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.
To draw new members, we need to emphasize and teach “learning to grow Chrysanthemums”
At last show lowered judging standard to recognize involvement Chris Brookes felt that the value of the prize was diminished because the number and quality of the blooms were below historical standards. Are we lowering the standard just to give out awards? Spiders were judged to historical standard this past year. New members seem to quit because they don’t see rewards for their effort. Perhaps we need to gear new growers toward growing they are growing difficult plants
Discussed introducing new stalk from Kings catalog & Faribault

Plant Sale:
70 post cards going out to plant sale
David Rynes – Need a better description of what is being sold at the plant sale.
Change show flyer to something like “beautiful long lasting late blooming fall colors”, massive or single blooms spiders and charms, quills and spoons

Plant Sale at three additional outlets, Each Hill Nursey, Sea-Tac Botanical
Target garden clubs, horticultural societies
Advertising for plant sale in Seattle newspaper, libraries, small newspapers

Calendar dates –

Fall Show Dates – Oct 24th – 28th
Member Spring plant Sale – March 8th & April 12th
Public plant Sale April 14th
Officer nominations start in June should be done by December
Recommended a 30 minutes business meeting (agenda) and 60-minute cultural presentation.
Forego reading minutes and ask for approvals at meeting
Paperwork filing date – March April time frame – Sue to check with Sydney today and ask for status update
Website agreement – website hosting bill – are we current? Kris to ask Steve Backstrom
Washington state registration fee due in Feb. generally done on line. Historically been about $30
Finite project – encourage growing 14’s and 15’s, 3’s, 4’s or 5’s – Early English or late decorative challenge
Possible England Travel opportunities to see chrysanthemums

Lastly, June Kubo reported:
I stopped by Volunteer Park earlier today and found that the cuttings all look great. The lower temperature and “less” misting really helped. Thank you Ronnie for making this happen.

Even the KUBO Connie Mayhews that looked really really BAD perked up.