How to grow a std by asafwewe

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									           How to grow a Standard                                                                          How to grow a Standard
Pick a variety that is suitable for training as a standard. Some are too upright                Pick a variety that is suitable for training as a standard. Some are too upright
and it makes it difficult to get a good, well shaped head. The following are                    and it makes it difficult to get a good, well shaped head. The following are
some examples (its impossible to list them all).                                                some examples (its impossible to list them all).
Ann H Tripp               Flying Scotsman          Swingtime                                    Ann H Tripp               Flying Scotsman          Swingtime
Annabel                  Eva Boerg                 Display                                      Annabel                  Eva Boerg                 Display
Barbara                   Icecap                     Mrs Popple                                 Barbara                   Icecap                     Mrs Popple
border Queen              Joy Patmore               Genii                                       border Queen              Joy Patmore               Genii
Brutus                   Kings ransom               Poppet                                      Brutus                   Kings ransom               Poppet
Cambridge Louie         Lyes Unique                Two Tiers                                    Cambridge Louie         Lyes Unique                Two Tiers
Carlisle Bells            Moonlight Sonata           Vogue                                      Carlisle Bells            Moonlight Sonata           Vogue
Celia Smedley            Mrs Lovell Swisher          Whirlaway                                  Celia Smedley            Mrs Lovell Swisher          Whirlaway
Chang                   Snowcap                    Zulu King                                    Chang                   Snowcap                    Zulu King
and many more.......................                                                            and many more.......................
Choose a plant that has not had the growing point removed, if you cannot find one like this     Choose a plant that has not had the growing point removed, if you cannot find one like this
of the variety that you want then you can take cuttings of your own and leave the tops in.      of the variety that you want then you can take cuttings of your own and leave the tops in.
Once selected put a cane into the pot and tie the plant to it. You now have a Fuchsia whip.     Once selected put a cane into the pot and tie the plant to it. You now have a Fuchsia whip.
The secret of growing a good standard is to get the plant to attain its required height as      The secret of growing a good standard is to get the plant to attain its required height as
quickly as possible.                                                                            quickly as possible.
Make sure you re-pot regularly, one size bigger all the time. Never let the plant become        Make sure you re-pot regularly, one size bigger all the time. Never let the plant become
pot bound. Give plenty of Light, Heat, Water and Feed. Remember to remove all side              pot bound. Give plenty of Light, Heat, Water and Feed. Remember to remove all side
shoots but do not take off any leaves. A plant lives through its leaves as well as its roots,   shoots but do not take off any leaves. A plant lives through its leaves as well as its roots,
if you remove them the plant will stop growing.                                                 if you remove them the plant will stop growing.
Continue tying the plant to the cane. You should aim for as straight a stem as possible. A      Continue tying the plant to the cane. You should aim for as straight a stem as possible. A
finished standard should be in the following proportions 1/3 head to2/3 stem.                   finished standard should be in the following proportions 1/3 head to2/3 stem.
Once the plant has reached the required height the growing tip is pinched out and the           Once the plant has reached the required height the growing tip is pinched out and the
side shoots are left in place. These are then used to shape the head.                           side shoots are left in place. These are then used to shape the head.
To form a compact, strong and bushy head pinch out the growing tips of all side shoots          To form a compact, strong and bushy head pinch out the growing tips of all side shoots
regularly to form the required shape.                                                           regularly to form the required shape.
Once the head has formed then the bottom leaves can be removed.                                 Once the head has formed then the bottom leaves can be removed.
To form a PYRAMID leave all side shoots on and stop them (pinch out growing tip) at one         To form a PYRAMID leave all side shoots on and stop them (pinch out growing tip) at one
or two joints.                                                                                  or two joints.
Standards are NOT frost hardy even if a hardy variety has been used, they should be             Standards are NOT frost hardy even if a hardy variety has been used, they should be
brought inside before it gets too cold, cut back the head and keep watered, feeding             brought inside before it gets too cold, cut back the head and keep watered, feeding
every week. Trim the head back again in March and feed with every watering.                     every week. Trim the head back again in March and feed with every watering.
Your standard should be ready to go back outside again at the end of May.                       Your standard should be ready to go back outside again at the end of May.

								
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