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Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:32

I have dahlia that are from tubers and seed. I will be waiting to take seed from mine then lifting them all after first frost. Chopping down and storing in shredded paper upside down. Then in spring pop into compost and off you go again!! I take cuttings when they start again. I will mark my plants/tubers with a label of the colour so when I take cuttings I know what I have got. As this year I didn't label and I managed to get all my new cuttings in yellow!!! Oops!!!! 


I save my seed as an insurance policy but with seed you won't get true plants you get weird and wonderful colours but that is half the fun. 

stake and support the plant, it will help it, ball ways deadhead regularly then just easy off late summer to save a few heads for seed. I managed to propagate and prick up 357 dahlia plants this year and gave to my farther for his large borders, they look awesome! He won't lift his he lets them take their chance but I lift mine as I want to keep my original specimens (if that is the right term!)


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:22

If it's up split it and make more!! I love dividing and cuttings etc, thrifty living!!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:16

Thank you all. Is it best to lift and or feed bulbs to keep them going then. It seems like an expense to me if they will fade. And I won't be able to take seed or cuttings as insurance policy


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 21:28

Hi all, we are looking to put a few bulbs here and there. My partner is looking at tulips but my farther has said that they don't flower year after year they dwindle. I'm wondering about hyacinths. 


anyone got any views, hints, tips, varieties. I have some alliums and I have daff's in the gravel. I'm looking for something to make sturdy impact in the boarders. But not sure what. I'm reluctant to purchase bulbs if they won't flower for more than 2 years. I love parrot tulips but as I say I have reservations. Please impart any tips or advice. Thank you 

When do I sow my pansy seed??

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 21:19

They have been up 5 days and are now looking like a green carpet of cress!!! Plenty of pricking out soon!!


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:58

The thing is they don't seem to have tubers! It's weird! They are still putting up new shoots so wondered about taking cuttings from this? If not I will save root ball and try to bring through winter as u say. I packed mine in shredded paper last year and put in an unheated conservatory . 


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 13:51

Hi all. I had 10 red dwarf dahlia last year. I managed to overwinter 1, from this I took cuttings and now have 4. I have tried to propagate the seed but after 3 attempts no germination at all. So I'm thinking its not fertile from seed. 


Im wondering if I can take a cutting or two and overwinter, anyone tried this or got any advice?? Thankyiu


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 23:26

If sowing seed now. What's the opinion sow on compost and cover with.... Compost? Grit? Vermiculite? Perlite? Nothing?

When do I sow my pansy seed??

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 23:10

Thanks for this. How long does germination normally take??


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 22:23

Anyone started lupins now? Do you spread in a seed tray or modules??

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