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I really want a Daliah, the dinner plate size flower ones. I however will have limited space in my garden when I plant it all up with the plants I am growing. Will one do well in a reasonably large pot. Also are these plants any good and do you recommend a variety. Also when would I plant the tuber? I live in North east England.
If a pot is not suitable would you be able to recommend a particularly slender one.
Thanks for any replys
I grow dahlias in pots but only small ones as they are such hungry plants. I can recommend the Happy series.
To get really good results I start them indoors now and grow them until they are large enough to cope with slugs. They cannot cope with frost.
It will- but bear in mind these will be around 4 feet high so quite top heavy- you don't want it going over in the first bit of wind
You can get tubers now to start undercover-cannot go outside till May at the earliest-not frost hardy
Dahlias are good-plenty of choice of types and colours to suit all tastes
Would I be able to plant the tubers in May or would that be too late as I dont have room to start them off to be honest. I was thinking that regarding the wind however I was going to grow it against my house wall so perhaps i could secure the pot somehow.
Thanks for the replys
In a pot with a bit of protection around mid-April -but the tubers do not like cold and wet.
Thats great ill buy 1 and hope for the best brillant. Thanks for the brilliant advice.
I remember that LeadFarmer, had a lovely display of dahlias in pots (pic was posted here http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/garden-gallery-2013/75578-4.html )
I now always grow my dahlias in big pots. They just dont survive the slimey army in my soil.
Agree, biggest pot with good compost- JI3 type- plus food pellets/regular feeding over the season. Water gel added to the comopst at planting time too stops potential drying out- even in a season such as last yr.
Get supports in place fairly quickly otherwise a strong wind can do damage before you realise.
I dont have too many earwig problems, but do find some varieties are more suceptible to slug attack than others, even in the pots. I use copper tape/strips around the pot/plant stem of those I really wouldnt want to lose.
Mine are now starting off in the house- some on a sill, others in front of the patio windows. Any MP compost fine for that & yes, you'll need to repot a couple of times for the biggest flowered/tallest varieties. J.
Thanks for the advice thats brilliant ive bought a large pot and ill maybe start a tuber off and keep potting on. Ill sneak it in as the wifes moaning about all plants I have around the house. Ill put bamboo canes in for support and I have flexable ties.
Anyone reccomend a dinner plate variety?