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 Agricultural and Horticultural Calendar of Pyin Oo Lwin

October

(Thadingyut)

av humidity 70-75%

Here we are coming to the end of the monsoon.  The ground is soft, the days will become clear and dry, humidity reduces.  By the end of the month the rains will have finished.  Just the time to get all the flower seeding done, and then make a start on planting out the newly growing commercial flower and strawberry seedlings.  The occasional shower keeps the soil moist.  The wells are full, a good thing because farmers will need to water their land intensively in November and December.  The red Poinsettia, ubiquitous in Pyin Oo Lwin, begins to flower, and soon to be followed by its yellow-bracted cousin.  This is the month of anticipation.

November

(Tazaungmon)

av humidity 50-75%

A brilliant red and gold time of year.  Poinsettias vie with massive displays of golden shower vines  which cover roofs and garden shelters.  Some early annual flowers begin to bloom: phlox, petunia, salvia, cleome and red linum.  Oranges are abundant, together with other soft fruit.  Farmers labour with hosepipes and watering cans.  Day time and night time temperatures begin to drop, skies are a clear translucent blue, light winds and very low humidity.

December

(Nattaw)

av humidity 40-70%

Now every variety of poinsettia abounds along the verges of roads, in secluded corners, in pots for Christmas.  Early ornamental cherry trees begin to blossom.  Early strawberries show up in every road-side stall, and the year's wine (damson, peach, grape, pineapple) is at its best.  This is also the main coffee harvesting period, and the smell of roasting beans begins to permeate the town.  Pyin Oo Lwin has become the main producer of coffee beans in Myanmar, with several factories (which welcome visitors) and a coffee research centre.  The Christmas season, with very temperate days and cool, even chilly, nights.  Not a drop of rain and hardly ever a cloud.  The annual Flower Festival at Kandawgyi National Gardens is held from mid December each year.