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Large dahlia advice wanted for first time grower

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 12:32


they look very healthy plants. We are in our second year of growing Dahlias. We have ours in 10 inch diameter pots and have these in a large tray that we keep topped up with water. The surface is covered in little clay rocks (just something my husband had lying around) and the plants are in sun for most of the day. We don't do anything special, we just leave the plants to get on with it. I do pick off the dead flowers so we continue to get flowers.

Once they get frosted we cut the foliage off and take them out of the pot to dry off over winter. You can leave them in and just cover with alot of mulch to protect the crown (I haven't done this, just read that you can).

I'm hoping to add to what I have next year.

I'm no expert, I would deadhead when necessary but not sure about feeding them anything special.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 12:10

I have white globe thistle, but is has not flowered yet.

I would like abit of the peony that's on offer and also the blue and the pink delphiniums.

Please PM me as I've forgotten who had/wanted what. Thanks.


Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 21:57

Angelica, I remember it was covered in insects.


Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:24

How about Thalictrum? Just as much height as hollyhocks, nice little flowers Pink variety and a yellow variety) that last ages and seeds so you can have more. Or delphiniums or echinops.

Moth larvae on chilli plant?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 11:27

My husband reckons it could be red spider mite (he grows alot of chillis),

There is a lady called Stacey on the forum who is a real expert on chillis so hopefully she'll see this and respond too.


Watsonias from seed

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 10:48

I managed to get two to germinate which I got from the RHS seed collection. I kept them in the green house for about three years and then put them outside in pots for 1-2 years and I planted one of them late summer last year in a bed near the back door so I could see it from the lounge. This year I have 8 flower spikes showing. They are not in flower yet so I have no idea what colour they will be but I suspect its orange. They look very similar to crocosmia but bigger.

Hoping to get some seed to grow more and would be interested if anyone has watsonias with different coloured flowers.



Moth larvae on chilli plant?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 10:38

Could you ost a photo of the little monsters.

Could anyone ID this plant for me please?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:03

Purple toadflax. Pretty in the right area. Pulls out easily if you don't want it. Other plant possibly Leucanthemum, shasta daisy?

Can you help identify these plants please?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:00

2. cornus I think it may be a flavimira or sibirica

Plant ID

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 11:05

I'm going to see if its more than one plant, and if it is I will move one and if it survives I'll move the rest after collecting seed. I've no idea how it got into my garden and I haven't seen it growing in any neighbouring ones.

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Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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