Seattle, Washington

Jim Anshutz,Secretary


MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY January 12, 2012 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. Lots to discuss as we begin the New Year.

Dates of Spring sale and fall show.

Bob Ewing reports that the Miller Library will pass out information about our spring plant sale at the NW Flower and Garden Show at the Convention Center in early February. Bob is exploring with Furney’s a date of Saturday, April 14 for our spring sale and he will report on his findings at the January meeting. Other key ECA dates, including the Fall show and tour/picnic and Board Meeting are yet to be set/confirmed and will also be discussed at the meeting.

2012 Club Dues Reminder:
Please bring your check or cash to the January meeting to pay your 2012 Club Dues. (You may also pay dues by writing a check to the “ECA” and mailing it to Chris Brookes. Dues are $15/member or $20/couple. Paying in January helps us finalize our Annual ECA Roster for our Club and makes Chris’s job as treasurer more manageable.


We will elect officers/board members at the January meeting. Nominations for Officers and Trustees for 2012 are as follows:
       President:           Sydney Ogilvie         
       Vice President:    John Harden   `
        Secretary:           Nancy Halleen
        Treasurer:           Chris Brookes
        Past President     Ron Elliott
        Trustees:             3 Year Term   Don Stark – Bob Ewing                              
                                   2 Year Term      Jill Aldrich           – Larry Mayer 
                                   1 Year Term      Steve Backstrom – Mike Kubo
            Cultural:                 Mark Ross,   Don Stark,   David Rynes. 
            Membership:          Bob Ewing
            Show Committee:   Don Stark,     John Harden (Co)

Special thanks to Nancy for agreeing to take over the duties of Secretary as I get ready for a new hip!

Supplies At January Meeting
Make sure to call Don if you have items you need. M & R mix needs must be know in advance of the meeting by calling Don. Price is $5.50 per bag)   Also we will have available:  2 1/2″ cross bottom starting bands and lots of tags.   Fertilizer will come along at the Feb. meeting. 

.January to-do List – (Revised 1/2/06, DRS)
Success for the upcoming growing season begins with the taking of new cuttings needed for ourselves, other club members and for the upcoming public plant sales. Taking the cuttings and potting on the newly rooted cuttings are the major January activities. Hopefully we have kept last years’ stools alive and have added some 20-10-20.fertilizer. At 55 to 60 Deg room temp. our stools should now be producing the strong shoots we need.
-Cuttings for classes #1 and #3 should be taken in late Dec. and all of January.
-Most #2 varieties are started throughout January: but Keith Luxford, Ivor Mace and
James Bryant should be started in Dec. or early January, if the stools are far enough
along to produce healthy cuttings.
-Cuttings of classes #4, #5, #14’ & #15 are usually started in late Jan. or Feb.
-Plants to be grown for Specimens (11 or more blooms) should generally be
started earlier, Nov. Dec, or Early Jan. for example.
Spiders Quills and spoons are also good candidates for January starts.

The cutting bed should be a flat four-sided box with heating cable, mat or other devices for heating the cutting medium. The box should be at least 18 in wide so that it can hold 1 or more of the 17 in by 9 in. flats. An overhead Fluorescent lamp such as a 4-foot, two-bulb shop light will provide needed light supplement for the new cuttings. Plantgrow or GrowLux bulbs are good but expensive and simple white bulbs seem to work adequately. Fill the box with 2 ½ to 3 inches of cutting media and provide heating controls to maintain the required temperature.
– Cutting bed media -A 50-50 mix washed sand and peat moss
– Cutting bed Temp -65 to 70 deg F.
Taking the cuttings:
We offer two different methods for handling the initial cuttings:
1. Place the cutting directly in the cutting bed media, maintain cutting bed heat at 65 deg
(In approximately 4 weeks the new cuttings will have roots 1 in. long and are ready to
be transplanted into 2 ½ or 3 inch pots.)
2. Fill the 2 ½ in cross bottom bands with our standard M&R growing mix. Set these
bands directly on top of the cutting media and insert your cuttings directly into the
M&R mix. Maintain cutting bed Temp at 70 deg. In 5-6 weeks the cutting should be
ready for transplanting into 4 in pots.)

The cuttings should be from 1 ½ to 2 inches long with the cut off or break at the bottom of a leaf node. It is recommended to dip each cutting into a mild insecticide/fungicide solution (1/4strength). Then dip the base into Rootone or other rooting hormone before setting the cutting into the growing media.
Cover the newly taken cuttings with a glass or clear plastic cover for up to 3 days after taking the cuttings. Leave some room under the cover so that air can get in and circulate around a bit.
Keep the cuttings moist. Don’t let the bottom of the bed dry out

Place a plant label with each cutting Label should contain the name and classification of the cutting, the date of the cutting and the grower’s initials. For example
Charlie’s Mum, (1Y)
DRS, 12/30/05