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12/01/2014 at 19:45

Anyone know anywhere selling cheap tubers. Everywhere I look they cost a lot to post more than the tuber and I only want a couple.

12/01/2014 at 20:05

They are available in garden centres, shops like poundland, etc.  about £1 I think.  Just pot up in small pots and keep warm

12/01/2014 at 20:56

Aldi, Poundland, Wilkinsons  GW offers,all do tubers and if you treat them properly they usually come up well in the first year, better in the second.

12/01/2014 at 22:32

My local Wilkinsons has tubers for sale for £1.00 I bought three even though I have loads already. The tubers I bought were good quality although obviously not huge. Last spring Crocus had tubers in their sale at a very reasonable cost....all grew very well and are fine in storage, I checked my tubers earlier today.

12/01/2014 at 22:43

I might pop down and have a look I am wanting a bishop of llandaff and a bishop of oxford along with some decorative ones and some gladioli. Thanks for the replys

12/01/2014 at 23:56

Ah!  Cairnsie, you may not get named varieties like that in poundland etc.  A visit to a decent GC though and you will see the Bishop, etc.  they won't be too pricey.   

13/01/2014 at 06:36

I had given up on dahlias because i can't overwinter the tubers - they all rot on me, even after all the effort of digging them up, washing them off, drying them and storing them in a cool frost free place.  If i ordered the tubers now, or bought them from GC, can i put them straight into compost, or do i have to find somewhere to store them til April ??

13/01/2014 at 07:29

B&Q have tubers in two packets for a fiver and two tubers a pack

I would say yes chicky buy now and plant in March/April most of the tubers are dry and is dry compost in there packets

Clueless

13/01/2014 at 07:32

have a look at this man fantastic and plenty of tips on growing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apRH79Ix5ys

Clueless

13/01/2014 at 07:35

better Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfRhty53LNU

thick stems cut a hole through the stem all the way through

clueless

13/01/2014 at 08:41

I always pot up in dry compost initially.  Ok, it's mild here but tubers in dry compost will   be warmer  than kept in their packets.  

Chicky, not sure it's essential to wash off your tubers.  As long as they are dry a bit of dirt won't hurt.    If you ordered now they will  prob arrive next month....maybe later.  

I think the earlier dahlias are started off the bigger they will become this season

13/01/2014 at 12:09

Chicky, if you can pot up and then protect them in the GH you will get a good start. However as you have to wait 'til endish May to actually plant out I would leave it a bit. Start in March?

13/01/2014 at 13:02

! pound for a Dahlia tuber,that's a great price,that's about a dollar 80 cents In Canadian. A Dahlia tuber costs 4 dollars and 50 cents here,I think that's 2pounds 70  pence.

Bill

13/01/2014 at 13:06

Hello Bill, welcome home.... thought about how you were doing . They tell me it has been a bit colder than usual?

13/01/2014 at 19:44

yeah its my first year storing tubers now I just have them in buckets in the loft. Our loft is cold in the winter as its ventilated for the trusses in it but doesn't get frosty. So hopefully pretty much ideal storage conditions. The tubers I have at the minute are from ones I have grown from seed. That's one thing I would say If anyone hasn't grow dahlias from seed they are the easiest things I have ever grown and perform really well first year. Thanks for the replys ill have a pop down my local gardening centre.

13/01/2014 at 19:49

6 named dahlias  £5.65

www.telegraphplants.co.uk/TEP276

Also poundland has got packets of dahlias in at the mo. at .......... £1 each.

13/01/2014 at 20:19

thanks ill have a look

13/01/2014 at 21:29

Chicky. They grow well from seeds. I grow from seed and also saved tubers.Can't say I've noticed alot of difference between the two.

13/01/2014 at 22:15

thanks for the answers - i am planning on giving Bishops children a go from seed this year - might give some of the "free" tubers a go too.

13/01/2014 at 23:40

Chicky, I sowed seeds of bishops children few years ago.  Well worth it.  All have the Bishop's dark foliage to some degree.  Flowers of shades of red and orange. Kept from year to year.

The national collection of dahlias is not far from me.  Well worth a visit 

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