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wakeshine

Hi! My dahlias seem to have stopped growing. Sorry if this seems like a stupid thing to be saying! I started all tubers in pots on 16th April. Moved them into growhouse about 3 weeks later. In the pots they seemed to grow at a very fast rate - big leaves, short thick stalks coming up. I put them into the ground last weekend and the one before. Now in the ground they don't seem to have increased in size at all. A couple of them have been damaged by slugs and ants! But the others seem to have just stopped growing. Has this happened to anyone else's dahlias? It does say on packets 'July - September', so do I just need to be patient and they will start growing again?

I hope I don't have vine weevils in ground damaging the roots as I've read a lot about those on this forum. The plants do still seem alive.....

I have not being gardening for long so sorry if this seems like a dumb question! I might need to go and buy some 'impatiens' as I certainly am very...

Pete8

I think your dahlias are ok.
When you transplant them it gives them a bit of a shock, so they stall for a while. The 1st thing they need to do is get a grip, so they grow roots, then the whole plant will take off.
A few warm days and they'll be flying along

Mine always sulk for about 2 weeks, hang in there

Tootles

Mine do the same and the all of a sudden they seem to rocket! I keep them comfortably watered. 

wakeshine

Thanks! Tootles please can you advise on what 'comfortably watered' means? Does this mean water them everyday? Twice a day? Not that I can do either as I'm away 2 days a week!!

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Tootles

Just enough so that they don't completely  dry out. Mine are in full sun so I give them a drink every two to three days now and then when it gets hot I try to water them most evenings. 

When they do flower remember to dead head the flowers once the petals have come off. Do this a lot as this will get them to keep flowering throughout the summer. 

Good luck with them. So pretty and well worth growing. 

BobTheGardener

Yes, same here when first planted out.  It's always then a race to see whether they pick up before the slugs do too much damage!  Once they get going I find they can take a fair bit of munching without ill effect.

wakeshine
BobTheGardener says:

Yes, same here when first planted out.  It's always then a race to see whether they pick up before the slugs do too much damage!  Once they get going I find they can take a fair bit of munching without ill effect.

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 Great. Well about the dahlias picking up, not the slugs! I am feeling quite defeated by slugs this year.

Get some frogs!  They really do the work for you

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