Posted: 01/10/2016 at 07:47
My local parks department was clearing the bedding out and I asked if I could recycle some of it. They were delighted that it wouldn't be going to waste but were over generous.
I now have hundreds of begonia and dahlias to tend to this weekend. The dahlias were given to me with the tops wrung off so I have hosed them off and they are now upside down on the greenhouse bench to dry. The begonias were given to me as complete plants in sizeable plugs of topsoil and are stacked as if growing under the greenhouse bench.
Should I remove the earth and top growth from the begonia tubers now or allow them to die back a but first? I am thinking of how I allow my daffodils etc. to die back naturally to build up the bulb. Does this happen with tubers and how long should I leave the dahlias before packing them away?
All advice gratefully received.